The long-awaited Ofsted report on Cowes Enterprise College has finally been released to the public today.
The College has been plagued with problems over the last year, the poor conditions at the current school, several delays to moving into the new building, two officers suspended over those delays, the Principal resigning after the Ofsted inspection and more.
As long-rumoured, Ofsted have deemed Cowes Enterprise College as a school that requires special measures.
- The quality of teaching is too variable. Too much teaching is inadequate and too few lessons enable students to make good progress.
- As a result, students do not make enough progress as they move through the school.
- Examination results are not high enough given students’ abilities.
- Many lessons do not challenge students.
- Students are given work that is too easy or repeats things that they already know, understand or can do. Many lessons fail to interest students.
- There are also weaknesses in the curriculum (the way in which the school organises the subjects that students study). For example, some students take GCSE examinations early and do not achieve their full potential.
- The school’s leaders have not done enough to improve teaching and overall the school is not improving quickly enough. Leaders have too positive a view of the school’s current effectiveness and do not have an accurate enough understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.
- The sixth form is also inadequate. A-level examination results are too low.
The full report is embedded below for your convenience.
The Ofsted report
Alan Wells on ‘Special Measures’ Cowes Enterprise Ofsted report