“Bitter disappointment” are the words used by the Chair of Governors at Sandown Bay Academy to describe news that the school will go into special measures.
The Long-held and widely spread rumour was confirmed to parents this weekend in a letter from the Chair of Governors and Director of Education at AET, following an Ofsted Inspection in January.
The Academy got in touch with OnTheWight near the end of last week to let us know that they would be officially releasing the report on Monday afternoon.
News of the Inspection results leaked to the media once parents opened letters Saturday morning.
The news follows Cowes Enterprise College being put into Special Measures two days after the Sandown Bay Academy inspection.
Our thoughts are with pupils, parents and staff at the school.
Ofsted confirm ‘Inadequate’ rating
Update 4.3.2013: The Ofsted Inspection Report has now been made public and is embedded below for your convenience.
Sadly for the pupils and staff, it rates the school ‘inadequate’ in all areas.
Ofsted report the school should go into Special Measures due to :
- Students’ achievement during the academy’s first year was not good enough. In particular, they did not make enough progress in English and mathematics.
- Teaching is not good enough to speed up students’ progress and make sure they achieve the best GCSE results possible.
- Teachers’ absence is hampering students’ progress, especially in English.
- Too many lessons are interrupted by poor behaviour.
- Too many students and parents do not have confidence that leaders tackle bullying effectively.
- There are wide gaps in achievement between different groups of students. Girls do better than boys. Students eligible for support from the pupil premium do not do as well as others. These gaps are not closing quickly enough.
- Some students who are disabled or who need extra help do not do as well as they should.
- Subject leaders vary in how effectively they raise achievement and improve teaching.
- The sixth form requires improvement. Achievement varies too widely across different subjects and courses.
- During its first year the academy’s leaders did not do enough to secure good achievement and teaching.
Sandown Bay Academy has the following strengths
- The interim principal has put the right systems and procedures in place to bring about improvement, but these have not yet resulted in good enough teaching, achievement or behaviour.
- Students who are supported by The Cove, the specialist centre for students with autistic spectrum disorders, are well provided for and make good progress.
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