Ofsted tells school it must keep improving

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A St Helens secondary school criticised by education watchdogs for its standards still requires improvement, an official report has revealed.

St Cuthbert’s Catholic College in Sutton was issued with a ‘requires improvement’ notice following its previous inspection last year.

Ofsted chiefs say following a June review the Berrys Lane school still requires improvement.

But St Helens Council’s education director Andy Dempsey said had exam results released after the inspection been taken into account, the school could have been graded as ‘good’.

The inspection also found improvements had been made to English and maths teaching, with some scored as outstanding.

The school leadership and behaviour of students was classed as ‘good’ but pupils’ achievement and quality of teaching were still considered to be ‘requiring improvement’.

The Ofsted team highlighted concerns about a lack of consistently good teaching and ineffective leadership in some subject areas.

Education bosses today acknowledged that the report meant more work needed to be done but said many improvements had taken place already.

Head teacher Angela New said: “We know that we are a different school to the one at the last inspection and we are delighted that Ofsted have recognised this and the hard work of all the staff, governors, pupils and parents over the last 18 months to improve standards for our young people. We know that we are a work in progress but are confident that we are further along our journey towards good and beyond.”

Fr Phil Swanson, Chair of Governors, said: “The staff and pupils of St Cuthbert’s continually strive for the best academically and pastorally.

“I am pleased that this has been recognised in the recent Ofsted inspection report.”

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for Schools and Lifelong Learning, said: “This is a positive start but the mission is not yet complete. The improvements in leadership and behaviour will need to translate into improved outcomes for pupils.”