Ofsted say an Ilkeston secondary school is making improvements

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

A secondary school which was deemed to have ‘serious weaknesses’ by Ofsted is now ‘taking effective’ action to improve.

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, on King George Avenue was given the low rating by the educational watchdog in April 2015 and was subject to regular monitoring visits.

The most recent of which was last month and inspector Deirdre Duignan said: “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation and the school’s action plan is fit for purpose.”

Since the previous inspection, 15 members of staff have left the school. New heads of faculty have been appointed in humanities, science and computer science, and there is an acting head of faculty in modern foreign languages.

Ms Duignan said: “Outcomes in 2015 were not as strong as school leaders had predicted. GCSE examination results were still well below national levels, with only approximately half of pupils making the expected progress in English.”

The report noted strategies to improve attendance “stalled” in the autumn term because of staffing difficulties.

While this work is now back on track, Ms Duignan said the continued persistent absence of some pupils means it will be even harder for these pupils to catch up with their peers.

However, it was noted senior leaders, although reduced in number, have “accelerated improvements in teaching quality” through the consistent application of rigorous performance management and a high-quality programme.

Also the school’s new behaviour policy gives teachers clear advice and guidance on managing pupils’ behaviour.

Ms Duignan said: “This is leading to improved behaviour around the school, although not all teachers enforce the policy consistently.”