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School determined to face New Year challenges
Friday 10th January 2014 @ 12:07 by Max Wieland
AUDENSHAW SCHOOL ACADEMY: High aspirations and expectations.

AUDENSHAW SCHOOL ACADEMY: High aspirations and expectations.

A headteacher has signalled the New Year as a new start for a school that received a disappointing OFSTED report last month.

Jeanette Saw, who has been in charge of Audenshaw School Academy Trust since June last academic year, admitted December’s report was not good enough and that things will get better.

“It’s now seven years since the school was last inspected and the standards to which schools are now judged are significantly different,” said Mrs Saw.

“The recent inspection particularly focused on the school’s performance from 2010 onwards.

“The things that parents want from Audenshaw school are still there, we still have a tremendous ethos, impeccable pupils and strong exam results, but there are things we need to, and will do better.

“Aspirations and expectations are very high at Audenshaw School for both staff and pupils.”

The comments come after the Hazel Street school was inspected in November and received an overall effectiveness rating of three, which means the school requires improvement.

Of the four sub-categories, such as achievement of pupils and quality of teaching, three also required improvement.

Notes in the report included statements like ‘students achievement is not consistently good’, ‘not enough teaching is consistently good’ and ‘teachers do not always check how well students are learning’.

However, Mrs Saw said work was already underway to address such issues before Ofsted’s inspectors had even arrived.

She explained: “I took up post as Headteacher in June 2013 and I want to assure you that Ofsted’s findings had already been identified and that the senior leadership had already put into place significant measures to address these issues.

“We are currently working on making better use of our assessment data to improve learning, providing pupils with clearer and more specific guidance and helping pupils to learn more, faster.”

The school has been commended for the fact that the Headteacher and other senior leaders have already taken decisive action to improve the quality of teaching and leadership at all levels.

Following its release the report was issued to all parents by the Headteacher who in turn welcomed all feedback.

Feedback from parents has been positive about the school.

With this feedback in mind, Mrs Saw added: “Whilst the report was not the grading I would have hoped for we need to celebrate and build on the many strengths that the school has, as seen on page one of the report.”

These included students feeling safe in school, achieving well in English and that the sixth form is good with students making good progress towards the next stage of their education, training or employment.

Mrs Saw said: “You can rest assured that I have the appropriate support  from the governing body.”

Chair of Governors, Terry Hall said: “I know under Mrs Saw’s Leadership Audenshaw School is in very safe hands and that we can build upon the comments OFSTED has highlighted.”

When Audenshaw School was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding.

Although the school has since converted to become an academy it is still referred to within the academy and locally as a school.

LOOKING FORWARD: Headteacher Jeanette Saw.

LOOKING FORWARD: Headteacher Jeanette Saw.