School is taking steps to becoming a ‘good’ one again after Ofsted follow-up inspection

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 December 2017

Pilton Community College and (inset) principal Louise Miller-Marshall. Pictures: Andy Keeble

Pilton Community College and (inset) principal Louise Miller-Marshall. Pictures: Andy Keeble

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Pilton Community College was deemed to require improvement after an inspection in October last year

Pilton Community College is on course to becoming a ‘good’ school again according to Ofsted.

The education inspectors have revisited the school for the first time since October last year, when it said it required improvement.

A report from senior inspector Stephen Lee said the school and Ventrus Academy Trust are taking ‘effective action’ to tackle areas of improvement.

However, Mr Lee said the school needs to ensure GCSE results ‘rapidly improve’ now teachers and leaders have a better understanding of reformed GCSEs, as well as ensure the new maths curriculum is delivered consistently across all classes.

In his open letter, Mr Lee said: “Senior leaders and the trust are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement in order for the school to become a good school.

“The new assistant principal, together with other senior and middle leaders, is developing a new culture in the school based around an open dialogue about teaching. This is having a positive impact on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

“Leaders, governors and the trust recognise that the school’s results in 2017 were disappointing, which confirms the concerns raised about outcomes at the inspection in October 2016.

“There is clearly a legacy of inconsistent teaching in the past for some older pupils. Nonetheless, the work of current pupils in the school shows signs of improvement, including for the most able and for disadvantaged pupils.”

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The report noted that since the inspection last year, Pilton has been supported by Ventrus, as well as a specialist maths school on training for teachers to improve the level of challenge for the most able pupils.

Pilton principal, Louise Miller-Marshall, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised all the positive things that are continuing to happen at Pilton.

“This a testament to all the hard work and commitment of our staff and, of course, our fantastic students.”

Last month, Ms Miller-Marshall announced she will step down as principal at the end of the spring term after seven years at the helm.

October’s provisional Progress 8 figures showed that Pilton Community College fell from ‘below average’ to ‘well below average’.

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