July 28, 2017, UK Pontefract &Castleford Express: Improvements required at academy- headteacher says school is heading in right direction http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/improvements-required-at-academy-headteacher-says-school-is-heading-in-right-direction-1-8675313 A secondary school has been told it still requires improvement two years after it was criticised by education inspectors. Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy came under the spotlight of Ofsted inspectors again recently and was found it needed to improve in all but one of five key areas - it’s 16 to 19-year-old programme which was found to be ‘good’.
The others include effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and pupil behaviour, and pupils’ outcomes, all of which were found not to be up to scratch. In the published report of the Wakefield Road school, the leaders were criticised for not ensuring that teaching was consistently strong enough, there are also issues with students losing interest in their subjects, attendance is below average and that behavioural problems had led to exclusions being above average. … “A significant minority of pupils do not comply with the school’s high expectations of behaviour, both in the classroom and when moving around school. “Consequently, fixed-term exclusions are well above average. … “Overall, pupils do not make good progress from their starting points. “Achievement is improving in some subjects, but not quickly enough in all subjects for different groups of pupils.”