The outgoing principal of The Parker E-ACT Academy believes the school can turn its fortunes around after it was placed into special measures this week.
Krysia Butwilowska, who will be leaving at the end of the academic year, says there are plans put into place to see the school thriving again. Ofsted’s latest report placed the academy into special measures, but the principal has said that nothing in the report has come as a surprise.
Mrs Butwilowska said: “What would have been more concerning to us is if there were things in the Ofsted report which we had not spotted and that we were not addressing.
“If that happened then we would have had to have started again, but there are plans in place to move the school forward now we know the areas for improvement.”
The Ofsted report states: “Senior leaders have correctly identified the academy’s areas for improvement.
“Actions have been taken, but it is too early to judge the impact of many of them.”
But there was no hiding the disheartenment among the senior leadership team at the academy getting the judgement.
The assistant vice principal at the academy, Ruth Roberts, said: “It is very disappointing for everyone at the academy.
“We do not like those words to be attached to the academy.
“We have made progress and the Ofsted report acknowledges that, but the change has not come fast enough.”
Changes that have been made at the school include appointing experienced directors of maths and science and E-ACT has invested £500,000 to aid this process.
A firm has also been bought in to work with pupils to help the school reach the targets for GCSE and A-Level results.
Mrs Butwilowska said: “All of these measures have not happened because of the Ofsted visit.
“These were things that would be happening anyway. The report also states that 50 per cent of our teaching is now good or outstanding.
“While we want this to be higher, it was more like 36 per cent when Ofsted last visited in 2011. The reason we have not progressed on the teaching front is that the process of recruiting high quality teachers is a time-consuming business.
“But we are not hiding any of the problems here when it comes to recruiting good and outstanding teachers.
“We are telling them and the new recruits are rising to the challenge.”
Mrs Butwilowska is confident that with a post-Ofsted action plan put into place, the school will come out of special measures.
She said: “All schools when they are put into special measures will have five Ofsted inspections and we will be no different in that respect.
“But when these five inspections are over I believe The Parker E-ACT Academy will be judged good at the end of those inspections.
“I believe that because of the pride, drive and determination of the senior leadership team, the staff, the pupils, the parents and the local community.”