City academy told it must do better for the second time

A city academy has been told it needs to do better by education watchdogs.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 12:23 pm
Red House Acadamy principal Dr Therese Quincey.

Following a recent visit from Ofsted, Red House Academy, was rated as requiring improvement overall, with leadership, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils all needing improvement.

The academy, in Rutherglen Road, was first told it needed to improve following a visit from Ofsted in 2014.

In the latest report, inspectors said: “GCSE examination results in 2015 were not good enough and reflected some underachievement.

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“Pupils in Year 11 in 2014/15 did not make the progress they should during their five years at the academy.

“Teaching is not leading to rapidly improving outcomes for pupils and requires improvement, particularly in mathematics.”

The inspectors went on to say the use of the pupil premium is not significantly narrowing the gap between disadvantaged youngsters and their peers and leaders do not have a clear enough view of the progress groups of pupils are making.

They added: “Senior leaders did not act quickly enough to stop the decline in standards and progress in 2014 and 2015 and governors were too slow to spot this.”

However, they said new leaders in maths and English are starting to make a difference, Year 11 pupils are doing much better and attendance is a lot higher.

Dr Therese Quincey, principal at Red House Academy, said the school has been sponsored by The Northern Education Trust since October 2014 and trustees have implemented a range of measures to ensure more rapid improvements are made within the areas of teaching quality, academic achievement and leadership.

She said: “The Ofsted inspection report notes that our ‘governing body is now sharply focused on pupils’ outcomes across the academy’ and ‘governors are challenging senior leaders appropriately’.

“We have also appointed new senior leaders who have made a significant impact in a short time.

“In addition, recent leadership appointments in English and maths are also evidencing progress.

“I am satisfied that some strong foundations have now been laid to facilitate effective and sustained improvement at Red House Academy and feel confident that we will continue to make progress across all measures in the future.

“We are committed to continuously improving outcomes for all students.”

Ian Kershaw, Northern Education Trust’s chief executive, said: “Since Red House Academy joined the trust in 2014, the academy has made rapid progress towards the goal of becoming a good school. I am pleased that Ofsted has recognised this within its inspection report.”