Signs of improvement at Hanham Woods

June 29 2018

HANHAM Woods Academy is taking "effective action" towards the removal of special measures - but it still has some way to go, according to Ofsted.

This was the first time the government watchdog returned to the school since it was put into special measures in October 2017.

"The principal has acted with appropriate speed and robustness to begin to tackle the weaknesses highlighted in the inspection report," the first monitoring report states.

But the report says that the quality of teaching remains too inconsistent which means pupils cannot make the progress they are capable of.

There are, however, signs that improvements are being made in some areas such as in English where expectations are rising.

The number of exclusions and incidents of poor behaviour has fallen significantly; however, students still take little pride in their work.

The report acknowledges the support and additional resources the academy receives from the Cabot Learning Federation in working to improve teaching but says although this is having an impact in English, in other areas, such as maths, the impact is not as effective.

"In spite of the work that has been undertaken, trust leaders know that they have not yet had the impact on teaching, learning and assessment across the school that they expect. This is their next challenge," the report said.