Grades remain below average, says Ofsted

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A college has had its Ofsted rating reduced from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

Ifield Community College has been told it must improve in every area of inspection in a Ofsted report published on January 31.

The recent report said: “The percentage of students attaining five GCSE A* to C grades including English and mathematics has been well below average and, despite improving in 2012, it has remained too low, for several years.”

It stated the percentage of high GCSE grades was low, too few of the students achieved their potential and standards were below average in maths and science in 2013.

It added: “In response to a sharp rise in unacceptable behaviour in some lessons last term, fixed term exclusions were high and have not yet dropped enough. Attendance is below average.”

However, students’ behaviour outside lessons was generally good.

The report said: “They are polite and the atmosphere is calm. Sixth form students are excellent role models.”

It said the school was ‘in a state of flux’ due to the unexpected retirement of the previous head teacher last summer.

Richard Cowper, acting head teacher, said improvements were already being made.

He added: “We have a hard working and committed team at Ifield Community College who are always striving to improve.

“We welcome this inspection report as a catalyst to focus our energies in the drive to become an outstanding school.”

The report reflected this in its statement: “Members of the senior leadership team have worked diligently together to get the college back on track.

“They have tackled many areas for improvement but it takes time for them to generate better learning and faster progress.”

The report also noted that practically all students, especially low attainers, made good progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11.