Failing Sheffield secondary school taking 'effective action' to improve standards

Yewlands Academy
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Staff at a Sheffield secondary school branded 'inadequate’ by inspectors is taking effective action to move out of special measures.

Yewlands Academy, in Parson Cross, was put in special measures by inspectors who visited the school in October 2015.

Leadership, teaching, and outcomes for pupils were all branded inadequate while behaviour in the classroom required improvement’.

But inspectors who recemtly visited the school as part of the special measures requirements found action plans the school had put in place

Ofsted inspector Gina White said in a letter to the school: "Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.

"Having considered all the evidence I strongly recommend that the school does not seek to appoint newly qualified teachers."

Headteacher Chris Weston said it was a 'positive result' from the third monitoring visit since the school went into special measures, but he and his staff accepted much more work needed to be done.

Mr Weston said: “The inspectors’ report points to progress across the academy but some areas have improved faster than others.

“It is a positive result towards eventually getting out of special measures. Pupils and staff are working really hard to turn things around.

“I was particularly pleased the Ofsted team note pupils are interested in learning and wanted to do well.

“Inspectors say pupils fully understood the standards expected of them and expectations of their behaviour and appearance. They also report the school is calm and orderly."

Inspectors found that systems are in place to encourage and support a positive learning and teaching environment, and that leaders had made steady progress since the last visit.

They also found that improvement in pupils’ behaviour and developments in the use of assessment information is starting to give some security to leaders’ review of the quality and impact of the school’s work.

However, leaders and governors are fully aware that more needs to be done, the report added.

Inspectors found that attendance has declined further since the previous inspection, with truancy to take unauthorised holidays playing a part and persistent absence remains high.

They also said sponsor Wakefield City Academies Trust has continued to provide additional support to improve the school.