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Ofsted Success For St Ives School

Following a two day inspection on 15th / 16th January we are delighted to inform you that Ofsted has decided that the school no longer requires Special Measures.

This outstanding achievement, in little over six months, is a remarkable testimony to the hard work and effort put in by staff, students and Governors.

To the best of our knowledge it is one of the fastest turnarounds in the history of Ofsted, since it normally takes at least 18 months to be removed from this category.

In their report, published today, the inspectors highlight:

•    rapid improvements in all aspects of the school’s work
•    improved attitudes to learning owing to better quality teaching
•    improved overall progress, especially by the most able students
•    consistently good teaching across the school
•    strong senior leadership
•    good work to keep students safe and secure
•    high staff morale
•    improved attendance
•    exceptionally polite, pleasant and helpful students
•    good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
•    more aspirational targets and robust systems for monitoring and evaluating progress
•    decisive and swift action taken to tackle underperformance

Amongst the areas requiring further improvement, the school accepts that more needs to be done for students with special needs and is currently in the process of recruiting a new teacher to lead this area of work.

We hope you will agree with us that the report is a significant turning point which gives staff, students, parents/carers and Governors the belief that our school can now go on to become, not only good, but outstanding.

Best wishes

Carolyn Webster
Chair of Governors
Richard Schofield
Interim Executive Headteacher


Official Ofsted Report.pdf


64.2% of our students achieved 5 or more A* - C grades including English and Maths.
This is a 16% increase on last year’s 48%.

Congratulations to all our students.

Oustanding Learning At St.Ives School

We would like to give you the opportunity to look at the attached presentation which will be shown to all students this week.As far as we’re aware this is the first time that staff training material has been shared with parents and students.

We hope you find the presentation both stimulating and informative and would welcome your feedback.


Richard Schofield
Executive Headteacher

Academy Update

We are still on track for the School to become an Academy on April 1st. The school will become part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, who are working hand in hand with the school and the Local Authority, dealing with the range of legal issues that transition involves. We are all keen to ensure that the good work, focus and continuous improvement that removed the school from Special Measures is maintained. We will continue to use the high quality external support that has helped to create real momentum in the school, and to strengthen this with targeted work to address the issues OFSTED identified in its recent visit.

The Trust will devolve as much of the responsibility for the day to day running of the school to the Local Governing Body (LGB) as possible and will be keen to ensure that the LGB really reflects the views of parents and the wider community.

We are not proposing at this stage to make any changes to the school day, or to teachers’ conditions of service, but will be happy to consider doing so if the school and wider community feel that it would be in the interests of the students.

We are working together to improve the facilities at school with work being carried out over the Easter and summer holidays. We have commenced a more far reaching review of facilities with a view to providing improved opportunities, both for the school and the wider community.

There will be a Parent Forum Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th March at 7pm in the School Hall where a further update will be provided.

Carolyn Webster
Chair of Governors, St Ives School

Peter Cloke
Academies Project Lead
Truro and Penwith College


HT Parent letter 030314-3.pdf

Letter from Chair of Governors Thursday, 26th September 2013.pdf

Parent Letter 141013.pdf

St Ives School - A Blueprint.pdf

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