Goole High remains in special measures but is making “reasonable progress”

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AN ACADEMY is making reasonable progress towards coming out of special measures but Ofsted has raised concern about the “rump of less effective teaching” which is still taking place.

In its latest monitoring visit Ofsted says improvements have been made at Goole High School.

It says the intervention of the school’s new sponsor, Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), into every facet of school life is both “ongoing and necessary.”

Goole High, which used to call itself an academy of excellence, was found to be inadequate in all areas in December 2013. Last year WCAT was brought in to run the school.

Inspectors found that the impact of teaching on students’ learning is improving. However the new report adds; “Inspectors are concerned about the rump of less effective and inadequate teaching in the academy.”

The school’s principal Matthew Partington, who joined the academy at the start of the academic year, said: “Overall, it says the impact of teaching on students’ learning is improving.

“We’re making rapid progress. WCAT only took over responsibility for the school last August. We were aware of the deep-rooted problems and the Inspectors acknowledge much has been done to improve teaching and learning.

“We’re aware that we still have some teaching issues and are working as fast as we can to resolve them.”

*Two members of staff, understood to be Goole High’s co-head teachers Danuta Tomasz and Dave Flowitt, remain suspended as part of an investigation by WCAT into alleged exam irregularities at the academy. Seven members of staff were suspended in September last year after WCAT took over but five have since returned to work.