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Vast improvements made at Kirkby High School

by Laura Johnston

Kirkby High School is ‘barely recognisable’ compared to how it was two years ago, according to Ofsted Inspectors.

Their latest inspection at the school judged three criteria as ‘Good’ – effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Inspectors highlighted the vastly improved leadership and high ambitions which has helped to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour.

As well as commending how leaders have transformed the school, inspectors have also highlighted the positive influence of the Rowan Learning Trust, which has included seconding in good leaders to key positions in the school as well as support offered to the Governing Body. Ofsted inspectors noted that the quality of governance at the school has ‘improved significantly since governors conducted an external review of their work in June 2017.

Head teacher, Rochelle Conefrey (in post since January 2018), said, “I’m delighted with the feedback we have received from Ofsted’s latest inspection. Pupils are at the centre of everything we do and we have reviewed our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our students. As inspectors noted, this is a happy school where pupils feel very well looked after, secure and valued as individuals.  We’ve also invested in our staff by developing their skills and giving them confidence in their own abilities. In return, staff morale is high and inspectors noted that the quality of teaching has improved considerably. Inspectors also noted a rapidly developing strength is our pupils’ personal development which is widely promoted throughout the school. We have made vast improvements in changing the culture in our school and we are starting to make improvements to pupil outcomes which we will continue to build on.”

Kirkby High School was last inspected in February 2017 and was judged to be ‘inadequate’. The latest inspection carried out on 4 and 5 December 2018 has judged the school to be ‘requires improvement’.