Chance to discuss Neale-Wade Ofsted report

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PARENTS and carers will finally have a chance to hear plans to improve the Neale-Wade Community college today (Wednesday) following the long-awaited publication of the recent Ofsted findings.

The report, which has branded every aspect of the school from teaching to pupils achievement as inadequate, was expected to be published early in May, but was inexplicably delayed.

However, contents of the draft report were made public prompting a flow of support for the school’s newly appointed Principal Jason Wing, who took over in September - just 24 working weeks before the inspection on March 21 and 22.

Mr Wing planned to hold a parents meeting to discuss the report’s findings but was forced to cancel when it failed to be published on the Ofsted website.

However, the meeting is set for tonight at 6.30pm to 8pm in the school’s main hall when all parents are invited to attend to discuss the report and to hear an outline of proposals drawn up to address issues raised.

Local authority representatives and governors will be in attendance.

Comments left by parents on the school’s website following the revelations of the report’s findings were all in support of Mr Wing and his attempts to turn the school around.

He aims to make the school ‘outstanding’ within two years.

On his weekly blog Mr Wing wrote: “This week saw the publication of the Ofsted inspection that was undertaken on March 21 and 22. The report is hard hitting and clearly outlines what needs to done to move the College forward.

“There are clear targets that must be addressed over a relatively short time frame. A great deal of work has already been undertaken to start to improve the teaching in the classroom and the feedback via marking of our student’s work.

“We have not waited for the official report to be published before starting this work and I am confident that we are already making progress, however there is a long way to go before we can prove that we are worthy of a much improved Ofsted grading.

“If all students, staff, parents and governors pull together then I am certain that we can move the College forward to the standards that are required for a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grading.”