On the 23rd of October our Ushaw Moor site underwent an Ofsted Monitoring visit. The monitoring inspection was carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.

The one day inspection delivered the judgment that;

“Senior leaders and the interim executive board are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection in order for the school to become good.”

Areas of good progress identified by Ofsted include:

‘Leaders have made good progress in addressing most areas for improvement from the last inspection’.

‘Pupils spoken to during the inspection were unanimous that the quality of teaching is better this year’.

‘Homework is being used effectively across the school to extend pupils’ thinking’.

‘In English, the curriculum is suitably ambitious and well planned. Topics make a strong contribution to building pupils’ cultural awareness. Knowledge is introduced in a well-planned sequence. Curricular goals are ambitious and challenge pupils appropriately. Teachers ask searching questions, and pupils discuss topics with conviction and authority’.

‘Behaviour is now much better than it was. Lessons are purposeful. Pupils conduct themselves well, and most are keen to take part in discussions. Disruption to lessons is now rare’.

‘Leaders have improved attendance. The school uses an effective range of rewards and sanctions’.

‘Leaders’ intentions are clear. They have adapted the curriculum to be more ambitious than it was in the past. They have also reviewed other examination courses and made changes so that there is an appropriate balance of academic and vocational options’.