Ofsted report states Northampton secondary school ‘requires improvement’ but is moving in the right direction

Abbeyfield School, Mereway, Northampton.
Abbeyfield School, Mereway, Northampton.

A secondary school is “on the right path” to becoming a good school, Ofsted inspectors have concluded after a recent inspection.

Abbeyfield School in Northampton was inspected at the start of July and a report of the visit states it is in the “requires improvement” overall.

However, inspectors praised the recent progress the school has made and rated the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership of the school as “good”.

The report states: “This is an improving school. Senior leaders and other members of staff are successfully tackling many areas that need development, including teaching and achievement in several subjects.

”Students’ behaviour is good. They are polite, friendly and take pride in their appearance. Positive relationships between members of staff and students create an atmosphere which contributes to good learning. Students are safe.

”The Principal is an asset of the academy. She has a vision and passion to improve the life chances of her students and she is well supported in this by the academy’s staff, its governors and the sponsor.

“The Principal knows what to do to make this a good school, and she is on her way to doing so.”

In a letter to parents, Claire Morrell, the principal said, although she was disappointed not yet to have been rated ‘good’, the outcome was “not entirely surprising.”

She said: “The inspection team recognised that plans are already in place to address important areas, and the distance travelled since the last report.

“They acknowledged both the improvements in maths last year and those predicted further for this year. We know, however, that we still need to make improvements, particularly in science and mathematics, where the inspection found that not enough students are making the progress expected of them.”

Marc Jordan, Chief Executive of Creative Education Academies, said: “I am confident that Abbeyfield School is addressing the points raised in the report, and that the senior leadership team knows exactly what it needs to do. This is a step on the way to Abbeyfield becoming an Outstanding school.”