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Stanchester Academy principal welcomes Ofsted report - despite claims that it 'requires improvement''

By WG_JTaylor  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Stanchester Academy has welcomed the findings of a newly-published Ofsted report

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THE principal of a Yeovil academy has welcomed the findings of a newly-published Ofsted report – despite inspectors claiming the school “requires improvement”.

Stanchester Academy, in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, was visited by the Government education watchdog as part of an inspection last month.

A team of inspectors, led by Ann Cox, have now released their findings – with students’ progress claimed to “require improvement”.

However, with the academy being rated as “good” for its quality of teaching, student behaviour and leadership, principal Jason Beardmore said positives can be taken.

He said: “These wide-ranging and profound improvements validate huge steps being made at the academy at a fast pace.

“Few secondary schools have undergone the tough new-style inspection, so to come out ‘on the rise’ is a massive achievement with 75 per cent of our judgment categories rising by a grade since 2012.

“At GCSE we are the fourth most improved school in the authority and sit above the average compared to other local secondary schools.”

Following the two-day inspection it was claimed students’ progress, especially in maths, has been “slow”.

The report claimed shortcomings in the subject led to “GCSE results which were not as good as they should be”.

However, the report also claimed current Year 11 students, who will sit their GCSE exams in the spring, are expected to perform “much better”.

Mr Beardmore, who took over as principal in September 2013, also received praise.

The report said: “The school has been extremely well led by the principal since he took up his appointment. He has been unrelenting in pursuit of improvements to raise standards across the school.”

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