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Padiham 'superschool' told to make improvements
A PADIHAM ‘superschool’ has been told it must improve following an inspection by Ofsted.
The schools watchdog inspected Shuttleworth College in September and graded it as requiring improvement, which replaces what used to be termed satisfactory.
The school played its part in record GCSE results for Burnley this year, and the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C is now above the national average.
It is the school’s third inspection in five years. In 2008 Shuttleworth was placed in special measures, but when inspected in 2010 it had improved to satisfactory.
Bob Wakefield, headteacher at Shuttleworth College, said: “We were inspected two weeks ago against the new Ofsted framework which was only introduced in September.
“The new framework is acknowledged as being far ‘tougher’ than the old one and during the pilot many schools were downgraded.
“The inspection was very positive and although we are still judged as requiring some improvement, the inspectors mentioned some strengths.”
These included strong leadership and management, leading to significant improvements in teaching and learning, and the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is good, and most pupils are polite and respectful to others.
Sue Harrison, Ofsted’s lead inspector, said: “Although the school is improving in many ways and examination results are rising, the progress of pupils in English is not yet good enough. Teaching is not yet consistently good across the school. Inspectors saw examples of good lessons in many subjects, but there are still too many that do not meet the needs of all pupils.
“Although pupils are safe in the school and most behave well, a minority has poor attitudes to learning. They take up too much of the teachers’ time which slows learning, or they spend too much time excluded from lessons.”
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