Ofsted says Fulwood Academy is improving
A troubled city school is on the road to recovery, say education watchdogs.
The latest monitoring inspection at Fulwood Academy, in Preston, praised both pupil behaviour and the standard of education.
The school was put into special measures and deemed inadequate by Ofsted and in recent months has seen both the new principal and deputy leave.
Following their latest visit inspectors noted: “ Leaders are starting to bring about improvement in the quality of education that pupils receive.
“Teachers are raising their expectations of what pupils can achieve.
“This is particularly true for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.”
The report continued: "Leaders have developed a strong personal development curriculum…Pupils are taught how to be responsible citizens. They learn to respect people who have different beliefs and values to their own."
Behaviour in and out of class has improved but inspectors say that pupils are still not making good enough progress.
Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures. The school’s action plan is fit for purpose.
Trustees chairman Joan Dean, said: “While we know there is still work to do in order to achieve our ambitions for this wonderful school community, we are incredibly proud of the improvements that have already been made.
“I am pleased the inspectors recognised the many developments there have been over recent months.”