IES Breckland Free School pleased with Ofsted update report after monitoring inspection

IES Breckland school in Brandon. Principal Alison Tilbrook.

IES Breckland school in Brandon. Principal Alison Tilbrook. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A principal says she is 'pleased and proud' after a free school took another step out of Special Measures.

IES Breckland Free School, in Brandon, was visited by Ofsted inspectors on July 2 and 3 for a monitoring inspection to check up on its progress after it was rated as inadequate in January 2014.

In a letter to the school, the Government inspection body said the school was making 'reasonable progress' towards the removal of Special Measures status.

Alison Tilbrook, the school's principal, said the outcome was the best the school could have achieved.

'We are incredibly pleased and proud at IES Breckland that the progress that we have made to date has been recognised in such a positive manner and Ofsted has made the only judgement possible that the school is making 'reasonable progress to the removal of Special Measures',' she said.


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The report, written by Ofsted inspector Christopher Moodie, states that students' achievements are improving in all years.

Teaching is improving, according to the report, as has behaviour and attendance.

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The report does call for improvement in attainment and the progress of disadvantaged students.

GCSE results - released on August 20 - are expected to be below the national average in terms of students gaining five A* to C in English and mathematics.

But the report does state that students have made progress in the last three terms. It states the proportion of students likely to achieve the A* to C in English and mathematics last year was 'exceptionally low'.

What do you think of the school's performance? Let us know by emailing andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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