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March school calling for Ofsted to return

Principal at the Neale Wade Academy Jason Wing, with students ANL-150503-164508009
Principal at the Neale Wade Academy Jason Wing, with students ANL-150503-164508009

A principal is calling on Ofsted to conduct another inspection after their recent grading did not reflect the improvements made at a Fenland secondary school.

Ofsted inspectors wrote a positive report for the Neale Wade Academy in March but only rated it as “requires improvement”.

Principal Jason Wing is disappointed with the rating and has asked Ofsted to return to complete another inspection.

He said: “I don’t think the report matches up with the grading we have been given.

“There are a lot of positives and some really strong areas.

“It really highlights the fact that we are on the journey and almost there.

“We have two years before the next inspection and I am asking them to consider taking an inspection sooner than that.”

The report highlights the “rapid improvements” across GCSE and A-Level results and the academy’s ethos of a “can-do attitude”.

Leadership was praised within the report, which also states that “students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the academy”.

Attendance has improved and a reward system is having a positive impact – but students told the inspectors that sometimes a small minority disrupt lessons, particularly in French, history and information technology.

It states: “Behaviour is not always managed effectively in lessons.

“Teachers are inconsistent in the way they apply the academy’s behaviour code.”

The report highlights good teaching in English and improvements in maths but states “the quality and impact of teaching varies too much between subjects.”

Inspectors were impressed with the academy’s “masterly” curriculum, which allows pupils as young as 11 to tackle GCSE questions.

The report states: “Compared with national standards for GCSE A* to C in 2013 and 2014, the academy improved in English language, maths and science but declined considerably in English literature, French and history.”

Inspectors reported that Mr Wing has “driven rapid” improvements at the March school.

The inspection team have called for the school to improve the quality of teaching and also to reduce incidents of low level disruption.

Mr Wing added: “We’re going to do everything possible to make Neale-Wade Academy a great school for this community.

“We already have a plan of action to tackle each area requiring greater consistency, to ensure the results of future inspections recognise the progress we are making here day-by-day.”

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