College gets better report from Ofsted

Newmarket College has been told it is making “reasonable progress” in its efforts to get out of the special measures imposed by Ofsted inspectors who rated it inadequate after an inspection last year.

In a report following the third monitoring visit to the Exning Road college last month inspector Ian Middleton said: “Having considered all of the evidence, I am of the opinion that at this time the school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.”

In his report he said three teachers had left the school since the previous monitoring inspection. Although students’ achievement levels were improving the gap between those supported by pupil premium funding which supports disadvantaged pupils and other students was “narrowing too slowly.”

In the sixth form standards were continuing to rise but progress was not ye deemed good enough to catch up with students nationally who had achieved better exam results at the end of Year 11.

“Although, not universal, students’ attitudes to school are improving,” said Mr Middleton. “However, student’s lower attendance in Year 11 and in the sixth form still limits the impact of better teaching on achievement.”

Nick Froy, interim headteacher, said: “I am very pleased that the work that the college has been doing over the last few months has been recognised and is making a significant contribution to improving the college and its ability to serve the young people of Newmarket and the surrounding area.

“I am under no illusion that there is still a great deal to do and we remain equally committed to address all the outstanding issues and implement in full all the suggestions made by the inspectors.”