Kirkby College is ‘improving’

Celebration OFSTED report at Kirkby College is Janine McKenzie and Bev Blagden both acting Heads and Eddie Tearall 12 and Kia Wilde 12.
Celebration OFSTED report at Kirkby College is Janine McKenzie and Bev Blagden both acting Heads and Eddie Tearall 12 and Kia Wilde 12.

Kirkby College has been told by inspectors that its students are not making rapid enough progress - but have praised improvements already made.

Ofsted visited the school in May and gave it an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’, though two areas - behaviour of pupils and leadership and management - were judged to be of a good standard.

In their report, the inspectors said that students ‘are not making rapid enough progress’, particularly in English, maths and science.

They found that ‘although much teaching is good or outstanding , there remains some inconsistency’ and recent improvements ‘have not yet had sufficient time to have had a full impact on accelerating rates of progress’.

It was acknowledged however that Kirkby College is a ‘rapidly improving school’.

Acting headteachers Bev Blagden and Janine McKenzie are described as being ‘inspirational in the way that they drive improvement’.

They said that the school is ‘committed to continuous improvement’ and the focus now is ensuring all teaching is good or better and that students’ achievements are raised.

“Our thanks go to all students, staff, parents/carers and governors who contributed to a highly positive Ofsted inspection.

“With their continued support, the hard work of staff and students and the improvments already in place, we are confident that we will secure accelerated rates of progress across the school,” they said.

Students were found to be very proud of their school and to enjoy positive relationships with teachers, while the Governors know the school well and are well informed.