York's Canon Lee School making positive progress say Ofsted inspectors

York Press: Canon Lee School headteacher Christine Holbrey Canon Lee School headteacher Christine Holbrey

INSPECTORS have said a York secondary school is moving in the right direction after being told it needed to improve.

Ofsted visited Canon Lee School in Clifton for its first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require improvement in September.

In a letter to the head, Christine Holbrey, inspector Honoree Gordon said: “The school is taking effective action to ensure it is good at its next inspection and suitable plans are in place to underpin this.

“Importantly, decisive measures taken in the summer term to tackle weaknesses in teaching and leadership are now beginning to bear fruit.

“A number of staff left at the end of the summer term and others are being supported effectively to improve. New staff are bringing fresh ideas.

“New staff appointed at senior leadership level have had time to begin to show impact, senior staff are driving forward the pace of change by modelling what the school expects. This is bringing on the middle leaders so that they, too, become more accountable for their areas and subjects.

“Despite some resistance, the head teacher is successfully moving the school forward.

“The school is now in a good position to develop staff teaching expertise further. The next steps are scheduled for spring term 2014.”

She said that action had been taken to address some weaker aspects of teaching, including:

• a new marking policy has been established and leaders are now checking that teachers apply this consistently

• a new, standardised means of planning lessons has been introduced

• systems to track the progress students make have been simplified, to encourage staff to make better use of this information when planning lessons

• steps have been taken in maths to more clearly identify those students who have special educational needs and those who are in receipt of the pupil premium funding, so that staff can pinpoint their progress better.

Miss Holbrey said: “We are delighted with the progression that the school is making and the letter from Ofsted, following their recent visit, has acknowledged the positive changes that are taking place.

“We have a clear and defined strategy in place to ensure that we keep moving in the right direction. Our focus is to ensure that every student that enters the doors of Canon Lee School is given the best educational experience possible. My thanks go to the staff, governors, students and parents for their continued commitment.”

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12:32pm Sat 14 Dec 13

andyjon12 says...

They'd better sort out York High next.
They'd better sort out York High next. andyjon12

11:00am Sun 15 Dec 13

Yeahbutno says...

andyjon12 wrote:
They'd better sort out York High next.
That will be the same York High where Chrissie Holbrey worked for several years as deputy head, and developed her leadership skills? The same York High which has twice been judged Good by Ofsted in recent years? You will never find a school that is 100% perfect especially serving challenging areas like York High and Canon Lee do, but the quality of education in Acomb now is ten times better than Oaklands or Lowfield managed.
[quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: They'd better sort out York High next.[/p][/quote]That will be the same York High where Chrissie Holbrey worked for several years as deputy head, and developed her leadership skills? The same York High which has twice been judged Good by Ofsted in recent years? You will never find a school that is 100% perfect especially serving challenging areas like York High and Canon Lee do, but the quality of education in Acomb now is ten times better than Oaklands or Lowfield managed. Yeahbutno

8:10pm Sun 15 Dec 13

TobyJuggzzzzz says...

Numbers of students entering at Year 7 at Canon Lee are dropping to the extent that the school will be closed in a few years time anyway. Then they won't need to worry about Ofsted. The regular 'good news' stories of the Press are attempting to attract people to the school but parents know best, and they know there are much better options for them.
Numbers of students entering at Year 7 at Canon Lee are dropping to the extent that the school will be closed in a few years time anyway. Then they won't need to worry about Ofsted. The regular 'good news' stories of the Press are attempting to attract people to the school but parents know best, and they know there are much better options for them. TobyJuggzzzzz

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