IPACA rated as good but needs more support, say Ofsted

Dorset Echo: IPACA rated as good but needs more support, say Ofsted IPACA rated as good but needs more support, say Ofsted

IPACA has been praised as a ‘good school’ in its first Ofsted inspection – but needs to gain full support of parents and the wider community if it is ever to get top marks.

In the Portland academy’s first inspection since it formed two years ago, assessors gave it a good rating overall, praising the “rapid” improvement in the standard of teaching and the achievement of pupils.

But for it to be judged as outstanding, students needed to be challenged to meet their full potential and teachers need to probe students’ knowledge further, the report said.

It also said leaders had ‘not entirely been entirely successful’ in gaining full support of parents and the wider community for the changes and developments that have been made to education on the island.

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy combined five former island schools into one academic hub, with initial plans sparking concern among some parents.

There has also been controversy about moving to a new site at Southwell Business Park and this year, IPACA won its appeal to build a new £14m campus.

The Ofsted report said: “To improve further, (it has to) improve communications so that parents and the wider community understand more clearly why changes are being made and the potential benefits for students and the wider community.”

Rob Russell, vice principal at the academy, said: “What the inspectors said was that the academy was doing incredibly well. To get a good rating in our first year is incredible.

“Ofsted asks schools to evaluate themselves, and one of the things we suggested to take us up into the outstanding category was more engagement with the community.

“What we are doing is improving our involvement with the local community.

“Some don’t realise what a good job we are doing in educating the children.

“It’s not about planning issues, it’s about the education we are providing which in my opinion is some of the best education that the children on Portland have ever received.

“There are some amazing things going on at the moment and it is now our job to get out there and tell people.”

Inspectors spoke with students, parents, governors and senior and middle leaders.

IPACA was given a good rating in the four categories, which were achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The report praised the school for its standard of teaching and “relentlessly pursuing” an improvement to how students are taught throughout the school.

Students were also praised for their behaviour, eagerness to learn and attendance rates.

IPACA principal Alison Appleyard, pictured left, was praised for her “outstanding” work in securing improvements to teaching and achievement across the school, particularly rapid improvements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2.

Mrs Appleyard said: “Ofsted has recognised that we are improving the attainment of our pupils and students across all ages.

“This means that the unique IPACA recipe of all-through-learning, stage-not-age, one-big-family, shoes-off learning, entrepreneurial mindset and digital innovation is having a significant and positive impact on the education and life chances of all of our learners.”

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3:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

Ofsted said, “The achievement of students has improved rapidly. Current pupils in primary years are making good progress. GCSE results in 2013 were better than those in the predecessor school”. IPACA’s GCSE results, 56% 5 A*- C including English and Maths, were the best ever attained on Portland with the English Department securing some of the best results in the county. Ofsted also said that “Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, and teaching in this area is particularly good.”

Ofsted recognised the impact of our immersive digital environment, “The provision of Samsung Chromebooks to every individual secondary aged student and the use of an accelerated reading programme and tablet computers in the primary sites have enabled students to access a diverse range of materials with good effect”.

IPACA’s Principal, Alison Appleyard, said “Ofsted has recognised that we are improving the attainment of our pupils and students across all ages. This means that the unique IPACA recipe of all-through-learning
, stage-not-age, one-big-family, shoes-off learning, entrepreneurial mindset and digital innovation is having a significant and positive impact on the education and life chances of all of our learners.” Chair of Governors, John Tizard, added “This is proof of IPACA’s tremendous progress in our first two years. It is testimony to the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of our learners and all our staff. IPACA can move forwards to fulfil our shared vision for education and opportunity on Portland.”

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Ofsted said, “The achievement of students has improved rapidly. Current pupils in primary years are making good progress. GCSE results in 2013 were better than those in the predecessor school”. IPACA’s GCSE results, 56% 5 A*- C including English and Maths, were the best ever attained on Portland with the English Department securing some of the best results in the county. Ofsted also said that “Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress, and teaching in this area is particularly good.” Ofsted recognised the impact of our immersive digital environment, “The provision of Samsung Chromebooks to every individual secondary aged student and the use of an accelerated reading programme and tablet computers in the primary sites have enabled students to access a diverse range of materials with good effect”. IPACA’s Principal, Alison Appleyard, said “Ofsted has recognised that we are improving the attainment of our pupils and students across all ages. This means that the unique IPACA recipe of all-through-learning , stage-not-age, one-big-family, shoes-off learning, entrepreneurial mindset and digital innovation is having a significant and positive impact on the education and life chances of all of our learners.” Chair of Governors, John Tizard, added “This is proof of IPACA’s tremendous progress in our first two years. It is testimony to the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of our learners and all our staff. IPACA can move forwards to fulfil our shared vision for education and opportunity on Portland.” READ THE FULL REPORT HERE - https://docs.google. com/file/d/0B8Mdin89 sTGfLXZJVXlZYzFWQzA/ edit Digital IPACA
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6:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

underhillmum says...

A school gets a "good" rating in all 4 categories, yet the Echo seeks out the negative to base their story on. Shame on you.
A school gets a "good" rating in all 4 categories, yet the Echo seeks out the negative to base their story on. Shame on you. underhillmum
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Fri 18 Jul 14

PortlandParent says...

This is a strange article. 'Good' is a great result for a newly created school. All Ofsted Reports give schools point to focus on to move them to the next stage, indeed it would be odd if they did not. Picking out these points does not indicate nothing is working; it simply gives a school some areas on which to focus. This is sensible and not a criticism. A simple look at any Ofsted Report would show this. So what is the new here?
This is a strange article. 'Good' is a great result for a newly created school. All Ofsted Reports give schools point to focus on to move them to the next stage, indeed it would be odd if they did not. Picking out these points does not indicate nothing is working; it simply gives a school some areas on which to focus. This is sensible and not a criticism. A simple look at any Ofsted Report would show this. So what is the new here? PortlandParent
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

portland6 says...

The attitude to the school is really odd. Everything on the report is good, and in fact the words "outstanding" and "excellent" are used, and very few other schools have 41 observations that must have been mainly good or outstanding. But the writer here has scoured the report for negative things to say, and uses phrases like "if it is EVER to get top marks" as if that won't happen. The targets of stretching the most able and getting more parents on side are actually more achievable than those given to many other schools - why is IPACA not given any credit for this? What, frankly, is the agenda here? Good schools should be celebrated, as many areas of the country don't have any, particularly rural, coastal areas like Dorset!!
The attitude to the school is really odd. Everything on the report is good, and in fact the words "outstanding" and "excellent" are used, and very few other schools have 41 observations that must have been mainly good or outstanding. But the writer here has scoured the report for negative things to say, and uses phrases like "if it is EVER to get top marks" as if that won't happen. The targets of stretching the most able and getting more parents on side are actually more achievable than those given to many other schools - why is IPACA not given any credit for this? What, frankly, is the agenda here? Good schools should be celebrated, as many areas of the country don't have any, particularly rural, coastal areas like Dorset!! portland6
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Be_Happy says...

Very few other schools such as Budmouth, which got outstanding in everything last inspection, or all saints which also had good in everything.
Get over it, accept that the promises are not true and support the students there through this social experiment.
Very few other schools such as Budmouth, which got outstanding in everything last inspection, or all saints which also had good in everything. Get over it, accept that the promises are not true and support the students there through this social experiment. Be_Happy
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9:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

portland6 says...

They watched fewer lessons at All Saints, and All Saints went down from its previous inspection because the ones seen were not "at the right level of difficulty." And, whilst Budmouth got outstanding, their Maths results, frequent staff changes and ability to provide children with the skills to independently act on the feedback from teachers were criticised. The main issue to address at IPACA, as mentioned in the actual headline here, was the lack of support from parents and the experience of middle managers. Teaching was "good and improving rapidly", achievement was "improving rapidly" and Early Years (because, remember, the two schools you mention don't have primary phases included and don't have good primary feeders) was "excellent." Read the reports; I know which one I think reads best!
They watched fewer lessons at All Saints, and All Saints went down from its previous inspection because the ones seen were not "at the right level of difficulty." And, whilst Budmouth got outstanding, their Maths results, frequent staff changes and ability to provide children with the skills to independently act on the feedback from teachers were criticised. The main issue to address at IPACA, as mentioned in the actual headline here, was the lack of support from parents and the experience of middle managers. Teaching was "good and improving rapidly", achievement was "improving rapidly" and Early Years (because, remember, the two schools you mention don't have primary phases included and don't have good primary feeders) was "excellent." Read the reports; I know which one I think reads best! portland6
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9:47pm Fri 18 Jul 14

portland6 says...

Oh, and for a fair comparison, ALL of them. Read All Saints alongside Holy Trinity, which contains words like "requires improvement", "underachieving", "lack of strategies", because in IPACA, this phase of education is counted under the four goods too!
Oh, and for a fair comparison, ALL of them. Read All Saints alongside Holy Trinity, which contains words like "requires improvement", "underachieving", "lack of strategies", because in IPACA, this phase of education is counted under the four goods too! portland6
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9:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Be_Happy says...

I did prior to my last post.
Your right, Budmouth seems the best in the area.
I did prior to my last post. Your right, Budmouth seems the best in the area. Be_Happy
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10:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

portland6 says...

"You're."
"You're." portland6
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10:57pm Fri 18 Jul 14

portland6 says...

Oh, and you might like to look at the new Ofsted Dashboard, search it on Google, which will be used from now on to judge student progress. On that, Budmouth and IPACA have the same percentages, but IPACA is in a higher "quintile" because they don't hand-pick the children they accept. It's easy to stand out if you choose your students!
Oh, and you might like to look at the new Ofsted Dashboard, search it on Google, which will be used from now on to judge student progress. On that, Budmouth and IPACA have the same percentages, but IPACA is in a higher "quintile" because they don't hand-pick the children they accept. It's easy to stand out if you choose your students! portland6
  • Score: 3

12:17pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Digital IPACA says...

This Echo report is not about other schools, it's about our Academy's Ofsted Inspection which was graded 'Good' in EVERY area.

We are pleased to work as part of the The Chesil Education Partnership with all other 21 schools and colleges in Weymouth and Portland. We do not feel this constant comparison between schools is helpful.

We are proud of our achievements but also proud to work with others to build the strength of education across Weymouth and Portland. We lead training for local schools through The Chesil Education Partnership CPD Programme and also receive training for our staff through this platform.

As for Be_Happy's comments, 'the promises are not true and support the students there through this social experiment' - we invite you to come and visit IPACA and find out more about our work and vision.

To arrange this, please contact Gary Spracklen, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, 01305 820262 Ext. 290.
This Echo report is not about other schools, it's about our Academy's Ofsted Inspection which was graded 'Good' in EVERY area. We are pleased to work as part of the The Chesil Education Partnership with all other 21 schools and colleges in Weymouth and Portland. We do not feel this constant comparison between schools is helpful. We are proud of our achievements but also proud to work with others to build the strength of education across Weymouth and Portland. We lead training for local schools through The Chesil Education Partnership CPD Programme and also receive training for our staff through this platform. As for Be_Happy's comments, 'the promises are not true and support the students there through this social experiment' - we invite you to come and visit IPACA and find out more about our work and vision. To arrange this, please contact Gary Spracklen, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, 01305 820262 Ext. 290. Digital IPACA
  • Score: 3
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