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Aylesbury school goes from 'inadequate' to 'good'

Aylesbury Vale Academy

Published by Dan Gooding at 10:05am 6th February 2019. (Updated at 5:23pm 6th February 2019)

After two years with Ofsted's lowest rating, a school in Aylesbury has turned things around.

The Aylesbury Vale Academy, which includes Berryfields CofE Primary, now have a 'Good' rating from inspectors, after being rated inadequate two years ago.

That good rating has been applied to all areas Ofsted looked at last month.

Inspectors said they were really impressed with improvements implemented by Executive Principal, Roger Burman.

The report says:

The executive principal’s inspirational leadership has enabled a rapid improvement across all areas of the academy.

Despite a series of recruitment and staffing challenges, he has forged a strong team to achieve this.

Other positives include:

  • The curriculum is in the process of being expanded. More pupils have access to modern foreign languages in key stage 4 and a wider range of courses are planned for key stage 5.
  • Outcomes have improved because of strong subject leadership. 
  • Most parents and carers value the work of the school and recognise the improvements.
  • Strong leadership and improved provision in early years ensure that children get off to a flying start to their primary education.
  • Pupils’ reading skills are promoted well. In some subjects, writing, mathematical and communication skills are not as fully developed.

More to do

Aylesbury Vale Academy
The Academy has been praised by Ofsted

To get the school to 'Outstanding', inspectors say these things need to happen:

  • Boost pupil outcomes by ensuring that teachers more consistently:
    • use progress information to ensure that all groups make strong progress from their starting points
    • adapt their teaching to improve the progress of pupils with SEND further in line with best practice in the school.
  • Continue to broaden the curriculum through the expansion of modern foreign languages provision and improving the range of courses available in the sixth form, in line with current plans.
  • Raise pupils’ literacy, mathematical and communication skills by ensuring that: – teaching of the wider curriculum in the primary phase is more consistently in line with the best examples in the school – continued training and support reduce inconsistencies seen in the teaching and learning in key stages 3 and 4 so all subjects make equally strong progress.
  • Ensure that attendance continues to improve so that all groups, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, attend at least in line with the national average.
  • Improve communication with parents to equip them with a greater understanding of the support on offer underpinning the progress their children make and the high pastoral care they receive.

Read the full report here.

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