Improvements at Yaxley school, but standards not yet good enough says Ofsted

William de Yaxley Church of England Academy
William de Yaxley Church of England Academy

A school previously labelled inadequate has made improvements according to Ofsted, but inspectors have said standards are still not good enough.

William de Yaxley Church of England Academy has had its rating bumped up to ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, an improvement on its previous rating.

The primary school was rated as inadequate when it converted from William de Yaxley Church of England Aided Junior School into an academy in November 2014, and the recent Ofsted inspection was its first since being taken over by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT).

In its report, Ofsted said standards at the academy in Landsdowne Road, Yaxley, are not yet good, particularly in maths.

School attendance is also said to be below average.

However, the report praised the governors and leaders, commenting: “A shared ambition and vision for the school mean that significant improvements have been made to the quality of the curriculum and pupils’ attitudes and behaviour.”

Other words of praise included: “Pupils are happy and safe and enjoy going to school,” and “leaders’ efforts to improve pupils’ reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills have been particularly effective.”

While the overall rating was inadequate, the effectiveness of leadership and management and personal development, behaviour and welfare were rated as good.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and outcomes for pupils, were rated as inadequate.

Executive headteacher Kay Corley said: “We are pleased that all of our hard work over the past three-and-a-half years has been recognised - the legacy of being an inadequate school is now solidly in the past.

“It has been vital to have the whole team on board, including parents and governors, in supporting the school on its journey of improvement.

“Most importantly, it is rewarding to see how positively our children feature in this report, with references being made to exemplary aspects of behaviour and a culture of mutual respect between our children, as well as their improving progress and outcomes. We are proud of all they have achieved.”

DEMAT chief executive Andrew Read added: “When the predecessor school joined the trust it had been graded as inadequate overall and requiring special measures, and I am delighted that inspectors have recognised the huge progress made to the present school since it joined DEMAT.

“In particular inspectors graded leadership and management as ‘good’ which is witness to the enormous effort made by those who have led these improvements.

“I have every confidence that given this trajectory of improvement the school will be graded good overall in the near future.”