‘Rapid’ progress at middle school in line for the axe

Ashton Middle School
Ashton Middle School

Pupils at a middle school in line for closure are making “rapid progress”, according to an Ofsted report published last week.

Ashton C of E Middle School, which with Streetfield and Brewers Hill could be closed by Central Beds Council, was visited by Ofsted inspectors on May 9.

The interim inspection came after the school was told that it required improvement in January, with inspectors checking to see if any short term improvements have been made.

In his report HM Inspector Jason Howard said that most year groups were making “more rapid progress than at the time of the previous inspection.”

He added: “Progress has accelerated particularly quickly in Year 5 and Year 8; a significant proportion of pupils in both year groups, including the more able, are working at a level above that expected for their age.”

To further improve standards the school was urged to give students with emotional and behavioural needs additional support, ensure marking challenges pupils with poor work presentation and to enable students to respond to feedback on thier work.

Inspectors may carry out further visits before Ashton’s next full Ofsted report.