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Canon Lee School ‘moving in the right direction’
9:15am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
INSPECTORS say a York secondary school is showing clear signs of improvement, although further work will be needed before it can be described as “good”.
It praised pupils’ “calm, orderly and welcoming” behaviour when moving around the school, said the proportion of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE was above the national average and said the head teacher, Christine Holbrey, had “successfully shared her vision of improvement with governors and leaders”.“They are all working to increase the pace of improvement in the school,” said Ofsted.
However, the report said improvements were still needed in various areas. Not enough teaching was good and marking was not always of good quality, and too many students appeared not to be interested in learning and did not show eagerness to learn in lessons.
The Press reported last month how staff had confiscated a small amount of cannabis from a pupil and called in police just as the Ofsted inspection was about to start.
Miss Holbrey, who took over at Canon Lee just over a year ago, said she was really pleased with the progress shown in the report.
She said: “Under a new and more rigorous inspection framework, it is fantastic to see that the fundamental changes made across the school over the last year are having a significant impact.
“There is a new sense of pace and energy within the school and inspectors were incredibly positive about the potential for Canon Lee moving forward.
“Collectively, our aim is to be an outstanding school where everyone is continually inspired, challenged and supported to be their very best. With this judgement we can now step into the next stage of our journey, with confidence and pride.”
Dr Tricia Miller, chairman of governors, said: “Under the leadership of Miss Holbrey, with continuing support from staff, we are confident that firm foundations are now in place to move the school to good at its next inspection.”
Maxine Squire, head of school improvement at City of York Council, said the current Ofsted framework was the most rigorous one yet and, while the Ofsted team had judged Canon Lee to be requiring improvement, it had highlighted the contribution made by the head teacher during her first year of headship.
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