'Inadequate' Teesside school makes 'significant progress' - but more still needs to be done

An "inadequate" school says it is "confident" it will meet standards required by Ofsted at its next inspection.

Progress Schools - Tees Valley, in Eston, was visited by Ofsted inspectors for a monitoring visit on April 30, after previously been rated "inadequate" in June, last year. In a new report published this month, inspectors said the independent secondary school does "not meet all of the standards" that were checked but also said it has made progress.

Inspectors said the school has developed its curriculum and teachers show secure subject knowledge and deliver well-planned lessons that meet pupils’ needs. They also said the school benefits from oversight and support from three directors.

However, according to the report more still needs to be done. In certain subjects the school has not identified the specific knowledge and skills it wants pupils to learn. Inspectors also said in some subjects, teaching over time does not enable pupils to make good progress in developing their knowledge and skills.

The report reads: "Since the previous inspection, the school has made some significant progress with regard to the quality of education. A new curriculum is being developed and in English, mathematics and PSHE, there is evidence of positive impact on pupils’ learning.

"However, the school has not yet completed the curriculum development work needed to meet the relevant requirements in the standards. The school continues not to meet the previously unmet requirements."

Despite this Charlotte Barton, managing director of Progress Schools, said they are committed to improving the school and are "confident" it will meet standards required by Ofsted at its next inspection.

She said: "As a school that is committed to providing the very best education to all students, Progress Schools were pleased that the hard work of our team and students, often in difficult circumstances, was recognised by the inspector. We are particularly proud that our dedication to improving maths and English was highlighted.

"We acknowledge that there’s more work to be done around the overall quality of education, but as noted in the report, significant progress has been made towards meeting these standards. Whilst we are not meeting this standard in its entirety due to the inspector feeling that the curriculum documentation in other subjects was not as robust as the ones noted previously, we are confident that this will not be the case at our next inspection, as we had already timetabled the completion of the curriculum documents for future years. It was just unfortunate that the inspection was before this completion date.

"With regards to leadership and management, the report noted the significant progress made in this area since the last inspection, but unfortunately, the independent school standards are set so that if any standard remains unmet, then leadership and management standards are also unmet. We remain committed to providing the best possible provision that supports and accommodates the individual ambitions and interests of each of our pupils."