Guest post courtesy of Frankley Community High School
Mrs Jane Harris, Acting Headteacher, Frankley Community High School
Mrs Jane Harris, Acting Head Teacher, Frankley Community High School
Frankley Community High School has some great news to share with parents and the community, yet again…
With just twenty hours’ notice, and some, supposed, sleeping time in between, staff and students had to prepare themselves for an Ofsted monitoring inspection to see whether the school had made improvements on its previous ‘satisfactory’ rating.

The day was extremely full: learning and teaching observations, meetings with students to gain clarification of what was ‘really’ going on in lessons and around the school, meetings with the Local Authority, meetings with subject leaders, meetings with data and academic managers…. and it went on…

And, to cut a very long day short, the outcome, you may find, was very impressive:

Frankley Community High School, “…at this time… has made good progress in making improvements, and outstanding progress in demonstrating the capacity for sustained improvement.”

Other key areas highlighted were the fact that Key Stage 4 results (GCSE and BTEC grades) were ‘strikingly better’ and the ‘well-founded predictions for the current year indicate that attainment is continuing to improve sharply. This suggests that students are making good or better progress. Also, many groups significantly exceed expectations.’

The quality of teaching and learning was good or better in nearly all lessons seen, and students stated that they appreciated the focussed feedback they received from lessons.

Much praise was given for the quality and use of data in tracking where students are at and the support put in place to tackle poor attendance (an area we still need the support of family  members to ensure their child attends school).

The partnership with Colmers School was highlighted as playing a large role in its support of the improvements at Frankley.

All in all, the students, staff, Governors and Local Authority are absolutely delighted by the way Frankley has been perceived. We know we are a good school with the capacity to be outstanding in the near future and are all continuing to work hard to fulfil our aims that every child achieves real success.

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