Melior Academy in Scunthorpe optimistic about next visit by Ofsted inspectors
SCUNTHORPE'S Melior Community Academy has been told it is continuing to make satisfactory progress, almost a year after the site was put into special measures.
The school – before it became an academy – was graded inadequate by Ofsted inspectors last February.
Since then, as part of the college's special measures requirements, there have been frequent monitoring visits, but inspectors say things are improving.
Head teacher Angela Briggs said: "Because we have now officially become an academy, the Ofsted account has been closed.
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"We have technically started as a brand new school.
"The transition from college to academy status has been very smooth with everyone working together to do so.
"This academy has no Ofsted judgement at the moment.
"We are awaiting an inspection within two terms. We could be kept in special measures or they will say the school is making good progress and then only visit once every two years as normal."
In the final Ofsted inspection of Melior Community College before it became an academy, inspectors said the school had made satisfactory progress since it was put into special measures.
This means it has continued to improve since a report in June said satisfactory progress had been made in the four months since it was labelled inadequate.
Mrs Briggs said: "We are very pleased with the progress mentioned in the report.
"The two Her Majesty's Inspectors told me the school was on track for what they hoped to see. They said they saw a lot of good teaching and were pleased with how the children were attentive and engaged in lesson time.
"The quality of teaching has now improved massively and I am very pleased with this.
"We have made great progress since February and are optimistic about the inspection in the summer."
The recent Ofsted monitoring report said that during the visit, inspectors saw "lessons where students' abilities were well considered and they were encouraged to challenge themselves".
It also said inspectors "saw that teachers are promoting literacy particularly well and are developing students' numeracy skills in lessons".
The report pointed out there was good progress in eradicating the low-level disruption caused by a small minority of students.
No additional priorities were identified during the visit.