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Academy Head Still Positive Despite Poor Ofsted Report.
Monday 21st April 2014 @ 09:00 by Anna Fletcher

Droylsden Academy Principal Karl Mackey said he remains positive for the future after the school was rated inadequate in their latest Ofsted inspection.

In an evaluation of the school prior to the official inspection, Mr Mackey found that his judgements matched exactly the ones found by Ofsted, however the results are mainly based on achievement over the past three years.

Mr Mackey said: “It was disappointing because when you visit Droylsden Academy you don’t get the feel of a school that has been judged to be inadequate; you get the feel of a school that is vibrant and happy, a place where the students are happy to come to.
“So it was disappointing for them to get that judgement and for the community as well, but it was exactly the judgement we were expecting based on the data of the students over the last three years.”

Since September, school standards have improved including behaviour, uniform, punctuality and attendance which is now above national average for every group of students.

Mr Mackey said: “You can’t improve a school to where we want to take it without a full partnership with parents and with the students.

“We’re trying to change the culture of Droylsden
Academy and in order to do that we need to get the students to buy into the changes because it’s going to affect them the most.

“The students highly value the changes that we have made, they tell us they like coming to school and that they’re happy and safe, so our main challenge now is to continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to stretch those pupils to perform even better than they would be expected to.”

More on Droylsden’s Ofsted report in this week’s (17th April) Tameside Reporter out now.