Academy progress marked after visit

A Linslade school which was told it ‘requires improvement’ is back on the right path, Ofsted has ruled.

Following a visit in March to Linslade Academy, on Mentmore Road, the schools watchdog issued concerns over the academy’s quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and leadership– stating these areas required improvement.

A report of the visit read: “Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ learning in some classes are not high enough and stops pupils making the good progress of which they are capable.”

Despite this inspectors noted the “quality of leadership is improving, leading the increased rates of pupils’ progress.”

Six months after that initial inspection Ofsted inspector Jason Howard revisited the academy for a spot check and found further improvements had been made.

In a letter to school head Kate Smith, published on Tuesday, Mr Howard wrote: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.

“You have established high expectations based, in large part, around a series of ‘non negotiables’ that teachers must adhere to when they plan and deliver activities within the classroom.

“You have put plans in place to ensure teachers and learning assistants work effectively together to best support the learning of those pupils who have special educational needs.”

Mr Howard added that further work needs to be done to give pupil feedback.

Ms Smith told the LBO she was pleased with the result of the spot check.

She said: “Staff and pupils have worked incredibly hard over the last two years and that is really starting to come through now.

“After the last report we were appointed an inspector to work with the school to get us to ‘good’.

“We put in place an action plan and had to prove we are making a difference.

“We know we are not there yet but we are on our way.

“We are going for ‘good’ and then beyond.”