Improvement needed at Cordeaux Academy

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Ofsted’s latest report for Cordeaux Academy has suggested that improvements need to be made - but the school’s new Principal says that changes are underway.

Following a school inspection on December 9-10 last year, Ofsted released their report earlier this month and 
gave Cordeaux an overall grade of ‘3’, meaning that improvements are required.

It was the first Ofsted inspection to take place at Cordeaux since it transformed into an academy in 2013.

Breaking down the results, the report deemed that the behaviour and safety of pupils was good, and was granted a grade ‘2’ in that category.

However, other elements of the academy - including leadership and management, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form 
provision - were all deemed to require improvement, and were granted a grade ‘3’ in each of those categories.

The report went on to give a detailed explanation of the strengths of the school, such as politeness of students, good progress in English, and the promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

However, criticisms included a lack of progress in maths, insufficiently challenging targets, and a narrow range of subjects available at the sixth form.

Academy Principal Patrick Daley had not yet started his new job at Cordeaux Academy when the inspection was carried out, but said that changes are already 
underway.

Mr Daley said: “Before Ofsted visited, we had already carried out a self-evaluation and graded ourselves a ‘3’. The inspection seems to reinforce that we know ourselves well.

“It’s important to emphasise that Ofsted hasn’t told us anything that we weren’t already aware of, and their recommendations are 
already in our academy improvement plan.

“In the context of our improvement journey, we have made significant developments and there are a lot of positives in the report to celebrate too.

“But clearly there is still a job to do, and we hope to make these improvements rapidly and sustainably.”