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Headteacher says Philip Morant has a "bright future"
4:41pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
LEADERS have promised a school will be back on top form at its next inspection.
Philip Morant School and College, in Rembrandt Way, Colchester, has imposed a rigorous action plan.
It comes as Ofsted inspectors judged it needed to improve at the end of last term.
It has previously been rated good and outstanding.
Rob James, acting headteacher, said: “I have no doubt the action plan we have put in place is robust.
“All the indications are the changes we have made are already making a significant impact on progress of students and their achievement.
“I have no worries at all that we will be at least good if not better at the next inspection.”
New measures put in place include - *Outstanding teachers at the school helping others to develop by sitting in on classes.
*Students being given six pointers in each lesson so they are given specific time to check their work and discuss it with teachers.
*Setting students more challenging targets.
*Nardeep Sharma, headteacher at Colne Community School, will work with the school two days a week to help it improve.
Mr James, who will be in the position for the next year, said: “Working with other schools is something we have been doing for years.
“It is invaluable experience but it is also a two-way process with Colne.
“Already in the first three and a half weeks there are things going backwards and forwards.
“Both schools are benefitting.
“We were already doing these pointers in lessons but we have introduced specific words and times for students so they recognise they are doing it.”
Ofsted changed its inspecting guidelines four weeks before it sent inspectors into Philip Morant.
Mr James said: “There is a constant raising of the bar and we have got to meet that.
“Our exam results are actually significantly better than ten years ago.
“And our results in Maths and English are way above average.
“The challenge for us is now to focus on more progress.
“It’s about being the best we can be.”