Ilkeston academy rated ‘inadequate’

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Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy has been rated inadequate by Ofsted.

The academy was rated as inadequate in three out of five areas, and marked as ‘requiring improvement’ in the other two, when four inspectors visited the school in January.

The report states that the school has a ‘serious weakness’ and some children were heard swearing in class. The list of key findings include a large gap in achievement between disadvantaged students and their classmates which is not closing quickly enough.

It states: “Too much teaching is inadequate. Many teachers do not set tasks that sufficiently engage, challenge or support students at the right level. This particularly affects the most-able students, who find the work too easy.

“Poor behaviour in a significant minority of lessons disrupts learning. Too often teachers allow unacceptable behaviour to go unchallenged, and they do not apply the academy’s behaviour policy consistently.”

However, there are some areas the school was praised in, for example students doing well in maths, and tracking of students’ progress by senior leaders.

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy was formed in September 2013 from the merger of the former Ormiston Enterprise Academy with Ormiston Ilkeston Academy. Both predecessor academies were placed in special measures at their previous inspections.

In September 2014, the academy moved from two separate sites to one.

The report cites significant turbulence as a result of the merger.

The inspectors said that principal, Dave Smith, has been robustly addressing the issues that have faced the academy since the merger, but progress has been slow because these issues have been so severe.

Mr Smith said: “We are proud that we are moving forward in our journey towards outstanding but recognise that we still have further to travel. We continue to strive to give children of Ilkeston the best possible opportunity to succeed in school.”