Freeston Academy judged as ‘inadequate’

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A school with “serious weaknesses” has been told to improve by the education watchdog.

Freeston Academy in Normanton was rated as “inadequate” after an inspection by Ofsted.

The report, published last Monday, raised concerns about pupils’ behaviour, teachers having low expectations of pupils and the quality of teaching.

It said: “This is a school that has serious weaknesses. A considerable number of lessons each week are disrupted by poor behaviour.

“Not all teachers have high enough expectations of what students can achieve and do not set work which is challenging enough. Marking and feedback do not always provide students with clear enough guidance about what they need to do to improve their work.”

The Favell Avenue school was judged to be “inadequate” overall by inspectors, during the visit on January 7.

They also had concerns about the behaviour and safety of pupils and said attendance was lower than average.

However, inspectors praised the school for taking steps to address poor attendance in September last year.

The report also rated the school’s quality of teaching, leadership and management and achievement of pupils as “requires improvement”.

Glyn Bishop, vice chairman of governors, said: “Everyone at the Freeston Academy is committed to making a difference by providing a positive learning experience for our students. We are determined to improve standards and focus on our journey to becoming a good school.”