Middlesbrough Herald & Post
Academy progress is praised
STAFF at a school that was slammed for being ‘inadequate’ have begun taking ‘ effective actions’ after Ofsted found serious weaknesses in its last inspection.
Unity City Academy was told by Ofsted inspectors that it needed to improve urgently after the quality of teaching, learning and assessment was found to be inadequate, with the reading age of a “high proportion” of pupils lower than it should be.
However, the Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, school was inspected once again last month and was found to be making big improvements, with principal Gemma Simon being praised for accelerating the “pace of improvement”.
After visiting the school again on May 3, inspectors found that leaders and managers were working hard to improve the standards of the teaching and learning.
The report said: “The principal has accelerated the pace of improvement since the previous inspection. She has clarified leadership roles and ensured a consistent focus on key areas for improvement.
“She has developed appropriate action plans and measured progress towards goals on a regular basis.
“While leaders and teachers are experienc- ing more challenges, the morale of middle leaders has increased as they value the clarity of direction and expectation they now receive.”
It added: “Senior leaders and middle leaders are now much more actively involved in monitoring the quality of teaching, behaviour and pupils’ progress.
“Pupils’ progress is reviewed at regular intervals and curriculum leaders and directors of learning are asked to account for the progress of pupils in their subjects and year groups.”
In December last year the school governors were criticised by the government inspectors for the lack of proper scrutiny, but they did act once a “breakdown in leadership and management became apparent”.
The Ofsted inspection came after it was an- nounced that only 19.9% of pupils left the school with five A*-C GCSE grades in 2016 – the national average at the time was 69.9%.