School making ‘good’ progress

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WILLIAM Parker School has been judged to be making ‘good progress’ following a visit from a government inspector.

The school on Ashby Road, Daventry was visited by Ofsted at the end of last month for the latest in a series of inspections aimed at tackling its problems.

Interim headteacher Krysia Butwilowska said: “I am absolutely delighted by the findings as this is a reward for all the hard work carried out by everyone at the school.

“This report gives us a good platform to build upon when we convert into an academy in the next academic year.”

William Parker was given a notice to improve rating in November last year. The school has had a number of problems including falling exam results and a playground protest by students.

The school will now become The Parker E-ACT Academy from September, and is hoping this will enable staff to keep improvements going.

Mrs Butwilowska, who will become principal in September, added: “I am now looking to the next Ofsted inspection and would like us to be judged good with outstanding features.

“From there, I will be looking to build even further and turn this into an outstanding school.”

The positive progress report means the school will now not have another full Ofsted inspection for the next two years., but it will have another monitoring visit during the next academic year following the conversion to an academy.

The report states: “The school is making good progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the pupils’ achievement.

“Since the inspection, the achievement of students has improved. Students engage well in their lessons and enjoy their learning. In one-to-one conversations, they are often articulate and perceptive, although in class their responses are brief.

“The quality of teaching has improved since the inspection.

“The strategic leadership provided by the headteacher, other senior leaders and the executive board has been very effective in laying good foundations for sustained improvement.”