School praised for its rapid improvement

Silverdale School, St Leonards. ENGSUS00120130717140916
Silverdale School, St Leonards. ENGSUS00120130717140916

A school in St Leonards has been praised by education inspectors for making rapid improvements over the last year.

Silverdale School in Perth Road was told by Ofsted in July last year that teaching standards needed to be raised.

It was given a rating of 3, or ‘requires improvement’. The highest grade given by Ofsted is 1 - ‘outstanding’, while the lowest is 4, where a school is deemed ‘inadequate’.

But inspectors visited the school this month and said the school was ‘changing swiftly for the better’.

This week, inspectors praised the teaching, leadership and governance. It was judged to have made significant progress in the 12 months since its last inspection.

Ofsted inspector Robin Hammerton said: “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement. The school is changing swiftly for the better. Members of staff know what they are aiming towards and are held appropriately accountable for their work. They are also supported in bringing improvement. Teachers with leadership responsibilities, including year leaders, contribute strongly, with well-considered job descriptions.

“The school’s management systems are very well-organised. The school evaluates itself accurately.

“An assistant headteacher makes good records and analyses of pupils’ progress in English and mathematics.”

Inspectors spoke to school leaders, staff and governors and toured Silverdale on July 1 looking at pupils’ work and the school environment.

Des Parkinson, the school’s chairman of governors, said: “We are very proud of the school’s progress and thank the staff and the school’s leaders for their hard work. I would also like to thank the governing body for their time and guidance.

“We have every confidence that we have a team of high quality staff who are well-led. Together with the structures that are in place this gives us every confidence that the noted improvements will continue next year.”