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rydeacademyReasonable progress is being made at Ryde Academy following an inspection by Ofsted, it has been revealed.

The inspection, carried out at the beginning of this month, found that the school has made reasonable progress to move out of its serious weakness designation, as assessed in April of last year.

Following the resignation of Rob Hoddle, Dr Rory Fox has taken the helm at Ryde Academy and is expected to remain in the position of executive principal until at least Easter.

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The report published today shows that leadership has been strengthened since the previous monitoring inspection and  as a result, the pace of improvement across the academy has accelerated. It has also revealed that middle leaders share the aspirational vision for improvement and they have a much clearer understanding of their roles and responsibilities because the systems that support them and hold them to account are consistent.

Parents and guardians of pupils at the school are reported to be ‘very positive’ about the improvements made and overall, the progress made by students in their learning is accelerating because the quality of teaching is improving.

Although an overall positive Ofsted report, there are still a number of weaknesses in the school’s approaches to securing improvement with the progress made by students in mathematics said to be too slow, the quality of teaching in some departments is inconsistent and some teachers do not manage learning time efficiently to maximise students’ learning.

Her Majesty’s Inspectors have also said that teachers do not always check carefully enough the progress that students have made in lessons and that attendance in Year 10 and Year 11 is not good enough.

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