During a monitoring visit in September 2019, Ofsted has praised staff and students at The Prescot School for the improvement journey it is on.
The inspection is the first time Ofsted has returned to the school since it was found to require special measures last year. This time, however, the Inspection Team has left the school reporting that “senior leaders and governors are having a positive impact on the quality of education across the school.”
During their visit, inspectors noted that “the executive principal is well supported by the head of school, senior leaders and governors. They are determined to create an ambitious and inclusive culture within the school.”
As part of their evaluations, inspectors also found that “pupils and staff say that behaviour has improved since the previous inspection. The vast majority of pupils arrive to lessons on time… Pupils respect each other and their teachers. They listen carefully and contribute well.”
Other highlights included:
– Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.
– Leaders have reviewed the curriculum to ensure that all pupils develop their knowledge, understanding and skills over time.
– Leaders have developed and communicated clear expectations for both pupils and teachers. Teachers now have information readily available which shows them the different needs of the pupils in their classes.
– Leaders have made changes to the school timetable. For example, they have reduced the duration of lessons… and created split lunches for different year groups. Pupils are pleased about these changes.
– Pupils are offered a wider range of enrichment activities after school. These activities support their personal development. They particularly value opportunities to participate in sport, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. These experiences help them to develop confidence and resilience.
– Provisional examination results for 2019 indicate that Year 11 pupils made better progress than in the past… most Year 11 pupils who left in 2019 secured appropriate places in education, training or employment.
Jamie Jardine, Executive Principal, said: “While there is no denying that there is still work to do, we are incredibly proud of the rapid improvements we have already made at The Prescot School.
“I am particularly pleased that the inspection team has recognised the huge cultural change that is already taking place here. Not only are our leaders, staff and governors working relentlessly to bring about school improvement, but standards of behaviour have been transformed and our pupils are really stepping up to the challenges we are setting them.
“This is an important milestone for our school. We would like to thank everyone in our community for their ongoing support as we look forward to continuing our journey to excellence.”
A copy of the full inspection report is available here.