Future’s bright says head’s new principal

Chris Mallaband
Chris Mallaband
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A “relentless” focus on improved teaching and better student behaviour brings new hopes student attainment at Sir John Gleed School in Spalding is finally 
set to improve.

Results of the third monitoring visit by the CfBT Schools Trust in March have now been made public.

Will Scott

Will Scott

The CfBT Schools Trust has been working with the academy on its improvement plan since it was placed in special measures in June last year after a damning Ofsted report.

Although the recent inspection judged the academy was not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures, there was recognition of improvement in key areas of concern – student behaviour and the quality of teaching.

Standards in English and science at key stage four remain below the national average, but the school has been told it can take on four new teachers.

Headteacher Will Scott said: “I recognise that we still have work to do, but I am nevertheless pleased that the report acknowledges the progress we have already made in many areas.

“Our main priority continues to be to improve the quality of teaching and there is a relentless focus on this.

“We are supporting our teaching staff in this and holding them to account where necessary; where there are vacancies, recruitment of the very best staff is paramount.”

The report states the area which has seen the biggest transformation in the past year is behaviour.

Previously a major concern for the school, the inspectors said behaviour is now good across the school due to the implementation of a simplified and more robust behaviour policy and the development of a positive culture within the school that recognises the achievements of pupils.

Last month the CfBT Schools Trust appointed an executive principal at Sir John Gleed School, Chris Mallaband, to support the senior leadership team.

Mr Mallaband said: “I am excited to be joining Sir John Gleed at such a key point in its development.

“The school is going to go from strength to strength and I’m confident that the future is very bright.

“I hope the experience I bring from three other headships will support the school as it moves out of special measures and towards being a good and then outstanding local community school.”

Chris Tweedale, chief executive of CfBT Schools Trust, said: “We know that the school has been working extremely hard to turn things around. We have initiated a big recruitment push to fill vacant posts and have put measures in place to get additional, high calibre resource in the interim.

“The considerable challenge posed by staff absence is also being addressed, but there is not a quick fix.

“Teaching and learning has always been the main focus of the school improvement 
plan and, while the changes won’t happen overnight, we are moving in the right direction.

“Will, his team and the governing body are all doing a great job.”