All Saints still in the mire after inspection

All Saints Academy
All Saints Academy

A Dunstable school is not taking effective action to ensure that it improves on its ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted rating, the school’s watchdog has said.

In July 2015 All Saints Academy, Houghton Road, was given the lowest possible Ofsted rating and was told that it has serious weaknesses across the board.

A major overhaul of the school in November saw Liz Furber and Elaine Boyd appointed as acting principal and vice principal respectively, a move which Ofsted said brought “stability and strong leadership” following a check up visit in December.

However following another short inspection last month the schools watchdog has now admitted that it has fears the academy is not making required progress.

In a letter to Ms Furber Ofsted inspector Richard Spencer wrote: “Recent assessments and predictions for the summer examinations indicate that although outcomes overall are likely to be an improvement on 2015, significant weaknesses in pupils’ achievement persist in key areas.

“The quality of teaching, assessment and pupils’ attitudes to learning have not improved rapidly enough in many areas.

“The progress made by some groups of pupils, and in some key subjects, is low and outcomes are likely to remain well below average in the summer.”

Mr Spencer added: “In the sixth form, gaps in teaching and a slower pace of action to secure improvement have meant that learners lack confidence in some aspects of their provision and are not making the progress they should in some subjects.”

Mr Spencer added that though chair of governors David Fraser had been ‘tireless’ in his support for the academy, governors “have still not identified clear, measurable targets in the improvement plan to measure the improvements that are being made”.

He also said that governors are “not sufficiently challenging leaders about the progress being made by pupils”.

Despite the negatives All Saints has been told that inadequate teaching is less common, as a result of changes introduced after the appointment of the academy’s new senior management.