School making improvements, say inspectors

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A CITY school is making improvements say education bosses.

Kepier Academy, which was told it required improvement during a visit by Ofsted inspectors in October, is now doing better.

The Houghton school was told it needed to improve teaching for all groups of students, especially disabled students and those who have special educational needs and eligible for the pupil premium, and strengthen leadership and management, including governance.

After the first monitoring visit, inspectors said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.

“The academy has recognised and accepted the actions it needs to make it improve. It is making reasonable progress because the leadership of the academy is taking direct, prompt and appropriate action to address most of the areas for improvement.

“In particular, in its focussed support of the work of the English and mathematics departments, senior leaders are helping middle leaders to be more effective in the monitoring, training and leadership of their subject areas.

“The academy’s mentoring programme which is, rightly, targeting low achievement and low aspiration in vulnerable students in Year 11, many of whom are receipt of pupil premium, is beginning to have an impact.”