Smestow is making good progress to improve standards since its last inspection, Ofsted inspectors have said, and the school is on target for a “good” rating at its next inspection as long as current progress is maintained.
The school was given a “requires improvement” rating at its last inspection in October, but following a monitoring inspection, headteacher Martyn Morgan said the signs were very positive.
“We are delighted that our progress since the last Ofsted inspection has been recognised and that the inspector felt that staff and governors are clear about what needs to be done and are intervening quickly to address issues,” Mr Morgan said.
“The inspector also recognised that good work had been done to ensure all students were making progress from their starting points.
“He spent time in lessons scrutinising student work and spoke with students during his time at the school.
“We are delighted the inspector reports that students feel behaviour has improved and that literacy and numeracy skills are improving across all year groups.”
In the report, the inspector said: “The work in pupils’ books and the information about pupils’ progress shows that pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills are improving across all year groups.
“The vast majority of pupils are developing their reading skills successfully and have a better understanding of what they have read. Pupils who spoke to me said that pupils’ behaviour has improved significantly since the previous inspection.
“Pupils told me that teachers apply the school’s behaviour policy and manage pupils’ behaviour much more consistently. One pupil reflected the views of many when she said, ‘I can now focus on my learning because teachers are much better at making sure pupils behave’.”
Mr Morgan added: “Whilst it is very pleasing to receive such a positive summary of the school’s progress, we also recognise that there are areas that require additional effort if we are to do our best by all of our students.”
The inspector’s report said work needed to continue towards embedding high quality literacy, numeracy and presentation across the school, but that senior leaders, governors and the trust are taking effective action to become a good school.
The school in Windmill Lane Castlecroft does have a small number of vacancies across the school and in its Sixth Form for September 2017.
Any parents who may wish to enquire about sending their child to Smestow should contact the school on 01902 539500.