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ACTION NEEDED: Ofsted report says Watford school ‘requires improvement’

 Published on: 5th December 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A school in Watford was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in a report published by Ofsted last month.

Following inspections on June 28 and 29, inspectors stated there is a “significant minority” of students at Future Academies Watford who do not behave well.

The report stated: “A significant proportion of pupils’ learning is disrupted. Leaders identify that behaviour requires improvement. They have implemented a range of behaviour systems. While leaders’ expectations around behaviour for learning are much higher than they previously were, they are not efficiently using the information that the new systems are providing them with.

“This is partly demonstrated by the high number of fixed-term exclusions within the school.”

Sixth Form provision and personal development were declared as ‘good’ in the report.

Deborah Warwick, principal at Future Academies Watford, said: “We are not denying that the last few years have been turbulent. Inspectors saw that we have a strong vision for this school and we are working to deliver that vision.

“Crucially, the Ofsted report found most pupils achieve well and enjoy their learning. We need to ensure that this is felt across the whole school.

“Throughout the report, it shows that the school has real strengths.

“Our Sixth Form students deserve real praise, and Ofsted found that they are well prepared for their next steps through the support provided by staff.

“We firmly believe that the foundation stones are in place, and with time and continued focus we will continue to move forward.

“We look forward to welcoming the inspectors back for their next visit, where we have been afforded the time to embed the improvements that we have already started to make, showing that this is a fantastic school with amazing young people and staff within it.”


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