Blow for CLF as Digitech judged to need improvement

December 01 2017

DIGITECH Studio School leaders are disappointed that they have received the second-lowest grade from Ofsted in their first inspection - but they have vowed to ensure the school is good by the next inspection.

DIGITECH Studio School leaders are disappointed that they have received the second-lowest grade from Ofsted in their first inspection - but they have vowed to ensure the school is good by the next inspection. 

The school, which opened in 2015 on the site of the former Grange school in Warmley and now has its own purpose-built accommodation there, was rated as Requires Improvement.

Digitech is run by the Cabot Learning Federation and specialises in creative and digital media, offering vocational and academic education for students aged 14-19. It has 241 boys and girls on roll. 

Ofsted highlighted key areas for improvement, including student outcomes, consistency of quality of teaching and provision of post-16 study programmes. Behaviour was said to be good.

Steve Taylor, CLF chief executive, said: "All of us associated with Digitech would have preferred for Ofsted to have found the school to already be good at this first visit. Nevertheless, it is clear that so much of what pupils undertake at Digitech represents exciting and cutting edge curriculum and we fully expect the school to be at least good come their next visit."

Lis Jolley, principal, said, "Whilst the overall outcome is disappointing, we have come a long way since the opening of the school. The report confirms we are working on the right things."