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rydeacademy400Ryde Academy has been rated as not yet being a good school and requiring improvement following the school’s latest Ofsted inspection, which has seen the educational establishment move out of the inadequate bracket.

Her Majesty’s inspector of schools visited Ryde Academy, operated by Academies Enterprise Trust, back on 23rd and 24th October and sat in on a total of 22 lessons, with the findings of their inspection having been released this week.

The report says that not enough students make the progress that is expected of them, and that the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged students and their peers is narrowing but not closing fast enough. The report also states that teaching is not yet strong enough to ensure that all students make good progress, and that some students lose confidence and not give their best in lessons where teaching is less strong, or when the academy’s behaviour management policy is not applied consistently.

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Academies Enterprise Trust has been blasted in the report, with Ofsted saying that they do not always provide consistently timely or appropriate support for academy leaders, including governors.

Despite a strong public opinion against the strict headteacher Dr Rory Fox, who has been at the center of many national stories about his teaching methods, Ofsted say that Dr Fox and new senior staff have been tenacious in tackling teachers’ under performance and that teaching is now better for students at the academy.

As a consequence of the recently strengthened leadership, students with disabilities or special educational needs are now making good progress. Other positives from the report include that most able students have been supported well to achieve the highest grades at GCSE and that the proportion of students achieving grades A and A* is improving.

Attendance has also improved and is now good.

In a letter to parents yesterday (Wednesday), Dr Rory Fox said:

“We are pleased to see that it [the report] recognises how teaching is improving, that behaviour around the Academy is now good and that bullying has become relatively rare.

The report also notes that we have things which still need to be improved. We are encouraged that the report identifies the aspects of the Academy which we ourselves were already aware of and so we can continue confidently with the current programme of improvements.”

The full Ofsted report can be found here.

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