Head pledges to turn Portsmouth school round after inspection

PLANS Headteacher Fiona Calderbank, right with pupils Grant Radmore, Stanley Jeffery and Hannah Sperring. Picture: Sarah Standing (13179-2713)
PLANS Headteacher Fiona Calderbank, right with pupils Grant Radmore, Stanley Jeffery and Hannah Sperring. Picture: Sarah Standing (13179-2713)
Zella says the Great British Bake Off has been improved by the new presenting line-up of Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding      Picture: PA Wire

ZELLA COMPTON: Give me Noel over annoying Mel and Sue on Great British Bake Off any day

Have your say

THE headteacher of a city secondary school which has been rated inadequate by Ofsted inspectors says she has plans to turn the school around.

Inspectors visited Miltoncross School in Milton at the end of November and said that the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching was not good enough.

They found there was some very weak teaching and teachers did not always demand enough of students, meaning work could be too easy.

Standards were very low in 2011 in many subjects, including science.

On the positive side, the school did see its GCSE results rise last summer.

And inspectors said that students do well in maths and physical education because leadership and teaching are much stronger in these subjects.

Headteacher Fiona Calderbank, who joined the school last September, said that although a lot of work had already been done to make improvements at the school, the inspection took place too early for this to show.

She said: ‘From the evaluation of the school it’s where we were in July.

‘Things have moved forward since then.

‘It’s disappointing for the community but not for the school because that’s where we are at and that’s where we can move things forward. We are trying to be positive about it.

‘It’s not great but it means that we can move on with the changes that we had already started much more quickly.’

Inspectors said the school needed to rapidly eliminate inadequate teaching and increase the proportion that is rated as good or better.

All students need to make good progress by staff making sure activities and resources are relevant and interesting to engage them in their learning.

Leadership also needs to be improved at all levels.

Ms Calderbank said: ‘I’m extremely confident. Because things have moved forward pretty rapidly since September the staff are on board to move forward quickly.

‘It’s not an easy task. We have got to crack a few eggs. But we will do that because the students deserve a good school.

‘The staff are positive and they want to move the school forward to what it deserves.

‘Ofsted said as they left that the next time we are inspected it should be a good inspection. They can see that everything is there and ready to go.

‘We are looking to be a good, and eventually an outstanding school.’