Promising progress at Cordeaux Academy

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Cordeaux Academy has made improvements since its disappointing inspection last year, according to an Ofsted report released last week.

Last Wednesday (May 20), Ofsted released their findings from their recent ‘monitoring inspection’ which took place on May 7.

The report states that new Academy Principal Patrick Daley and his colleagues were “bringing about important improvements”, and that the senior leadership team was cohesive and effective.

The monitoring inspection was carried out under Section 8 of the Education Act 2005, following a regular Ofsted inspection in December last year which gave the school a Grade 3 rating (“requires improvement”).

The latest report noted that Mr Daley was only appointed to his permanent role in January - shortly after the previous inspection had taken place - and that progress had 
been made over the past four months.

It was also noted that the Head of Mathematics had only returned to full-time role, which includes leadership and management, in January following a number of months off battling illness.

The new report praised the school’s rigorous and accurate approach to self-evaluation, robust teaching assessments, enhanced teacher training, and improved 
marking and monitoring of student progress.

Academy Principal Patrick Daley told the Leader: “We are very pleased with the outcome of our latest inspection.

“It is a testament to the hard work and effort of all the staff at Cordeaux Academy.

“Although we are clearly very pleased, we are by no means complacent.

“We’ve got a big job going forward, towards ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grades.

“We have a very sharp and clear focus on our priorities.

“This has been a team effort, and is very much a continuation of our hard work - we are all in it together. It’s not about me, it’s about the whole Cordeaux Academy team.”

Mr Daley added: “There were no surprises with these inspections - the areas highlighted had already been identified as part of our 
self-evaluation.

“HMI Burton [the inspector] came in to Cordeaux to acknowledge the fact that out self-evaluation was accurate.”

As a secondary school with a ‘Grade 3’ Ofsted rating. Cordeaux Academy will face another routine inspection again within the next two years.

This is expected to take place at some point during 2016.