Inspectors return to assess progress at Vandyke Upper School

Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard

Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard


One of Leighton’s top upper schools has been revisited by Ofsted inspectors following a critical report in April.

Staff had been told the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and its leadership and management all “require improvement” at Vandyke Upper School.

On October 22, Ofsted once again visited the school for a monitoring inspection to determine what had been done and what could still be done to improve standards.

Following a meeting between senior leaders and governors, inspectors ruled that further action should be taken to ensure “the success of planned actions is carefully gauged in terms of their impact on students’ progress and achievement”.

It was also stressed that there should be “equal emphasis on securing consistently good provision and outcomes in the sixth form”.

When the original Ofsted report was released, Vandyke’s headteacher Tim Carroll told the LBO the school had failed to reach a “good” standard because the new Ofsted inspection framework meant the bar had been raised.

Mr Carroll said: “Vandyke has earned a reputation as a school where students work hard, behave well, achieve well and enjoy coming to school. The inspection report highlights some of the school’s strengths.

“It also identifies areas for improvement. The school is already aware of these areas and is working to improve rapidly in these areas.

“At the two previous inspections the school was judged ‘good’. The school has continued to improve since then. A small number of students were judged not to have made good progress and this was the determining factor in the inspection team’s overall judgement. We have to accept the report in its entirety and are already addressing issues identified.”

Ofsted say they may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support and challenge to the school until its next Section 5 inspection.




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