Effective action is being taken by senior leaders and governors at Kirk Hallam Community Academy in order for it to become a good school, according to Ofsted inspectors.
A monitoring inspection took place at the academy last month (November), the first since April this year, when it was judged by Ofsted to require improvement.
In the latest report, inspector Simon Hollingsworth said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement at the last inspection in order to become a good school.”
In his main findings, Mr Hollingsworth said that there were now higher expectations of staff in relation to the quality of teaching.
He said: “You (the head teacher), and your senior leaders, undertake regular visits to lessons to ensure that teachers are meeting these higher expectations. Your visits focus on checking that teachers plan activities at the right level to secure pupils’ learning, including that of the most able. Your checks of lessons and of pupils’ books enable you to keep a sharp focus on the impact teaching is having on improving pupils’ outcomes.”
The report said that teachers asked pupils questions to check their understanding, and provided support where necessary and that in these lessons, pupils engaged well with their learning.
Mr Hollingsworth said that the number of enrichment activities in the Sixth Form had been increased and sessions on healthy living and personal finance had been planned in response to students’ requests.
Workshops have been held for parents on the subjects of bullying and online safety and pupils have attended assemblies that focused on developing mutual respect, according to the report.
Governors were praised for having a clear understanding of the strength of the school’s provision and of what needs improving.
Martin Ebbage, head teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, said he was pleased with Ofsted’s latest report.
He said: “We are pleased that the great work being done in school has been recognised in this latest monitoring inspection report.
“We have taken a number of positive steps to ensure that we achieve rapid improvement in order to become a good school and our ultimate goal is to be graded as outstanding.”

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  1. David, the school is still failing, it still requires improvement…… the report goes on to say that it is still drastically failing children with learning difficulties, our son Lewis is there and has a statement with behavioural support attached, until we had a meeting which we called in October the school didn’t know he had this, our private tutor for Lewis has tried to contact school on numerous occasions and none ever been available or returned the calls….. in the interests of a balanced report wonder if you want to do a follow up piece on those kids being let down by the so called good school

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