A SCHOOL that came out of special measures last year has been told by Government Ofsted inspectors that it still needs to improve.
Granville Sports College, in Woodville, has been rated as ‘satisfactory’ following the inspection last month.
There are four ratings given by Ofsted: outstanding, good, satisfactory and inadequate.
Criticisms included teachers talking at students during lessons for too long.
The report also said that ‘relatively few pupils have been identified by the school as specifically gifted or talented’.
There was praise, however, for head teacher Sylvia Thomas (pictured), who was said to have steered the school successfully through a very difficult period over the past few years.
It also stated that the sport and physical education department played a successful role in making sure pupils continue to benefit well from the 2012 Olympic legacy.
The report said: “While half the teaching seen during the inspection was good or better, too much required improvement.
“In the best lessons teachers enable students to slake their thirst for knowledge through active involvement, discussion, debate and reflection on their learning. However, too many teachers simply talk too much at the students. This limits the time for active learning; the attention of some students, particularly boys, wanders and they can become distracted.
“The standards achieved in examinations by Year 11 students in summer 2012 were a major disappointment to the school. However, the ‘relentless determination’ of the head teacher and senior leadership team recorded in the previous inspection report have continued; this has resulted in the improvement during 2012-13.”
Head teacher Sylvia Thomas told the Mail: “We are extremely pleased that our Ofsted report reflects the massive improvements we have made at Granville over the last few years. The report also demonstrates that we are fully aware of areas for further development and that our plans give us the capacity to do this.
“We will continue to work to raise expectations and strive for the highest possible standards educationally, morally and socially and thank our parent body for their continuing support in achieving this.”
The school celebrated its best GCSE results ever this year.