Mansfield Woodhouse school ‘needs improving’ but headteacher welcomes positive comments

NMAC11-3326-1  ''Mansfield Woodhouse Manor Academy
NMAC11-3326-1 ''Mansfield Woodhouse Manor Academy
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A headteacher has said his school is continuing a ‘journey of improvement’ after their latest Ofsted report was published.

Inspectors found that Manor Academy is Mansfield Woodhouse was heading in the right direction compared to three years ago when it was dumped into special measures.

In 2012 it was deemed to still need improvements, but was no longer inadequate.

The latest report states that the school still needs improving, but headteacher Jonathon Hickman is encouraged by the comments.

He said: “The inspection team acknowledges that there have been improvements in the standards achieved by students, in teaching and in the sixth form.

“Furthermore, the inspection team acknowledged that the areas for improvement identified in our previous inspection have been addressed and confirm that the ‘academy can continue to improve’.

However, we acknowledge and recognise that there is more that we have to do to continue our journey of improvement.

“Most of the recommendations for further improvement highlighted in the report were identified in our own self – evaluation.

“We accept that these are the areas on which we have to focus and achieve the 
necessary improvements quickly.

“Work has already begun and it was encouraging to see the inspection team acknowledge this in their comments

“We are but half way through our planned programme of change and improvement.

“We have had success, but more is needed.”

Four inspectors spent two days last month observing lessons, speaking with pupils and holding meetings with staff.

Overall they said the Park Hall Road school needs to improve in all areas, including pupils’ achievement and behaviour, the quality of teaching and leadership and management.

However, the work the headteacher and deputy teacher is applying to improve the situation was highlighted.

Last month it was announced that Mr Hickman will be standing down at the end of the summer term, and the school will come under the leadership of 31-year-old 
Donna Trusler from this 
autumn.

She will be the youngest headteacher of a large-scale secondary school in the country.

To view the full Ofsted report click here