Report praises academy head

By Matthew Mckew

Thursday, February 27, 2014

 

Report praises academy head

Sandown Bay Academy principal Eric Jackson.

THE STRONG presence of school principal Eric Jackson has revitalised Sandown Bay Academy, an Ofsted Monitoring Report has said.

The report published yesterday (Thursday) is the third since the Isle of Wight school was placed in special measures in January 2013, and indicated that the school is moving in the right direction.

Mr Jackson said: "I am delighted that we are turning the school around as the students deserve it."

The report said that attendance is improving quickly and that students now express pride in their school.

It praised Mr Jackson's strong presence, saying: "The new principal has only been in the post nine weeks, but he has already revitalised this academy."

The report noted improved GCSE attainment in early entry exams and internal assessments.

It said: "The proportion of teaching that is at least good has risen steadily since the previous inspection and now stands at around 60 per cent."

However, the report did identify some issues, including poorly organised records on disabled and special education needs students.

But, went on to recognise the support between staff and the profitable relationship with the principal.

Mr Jackson was appointed on an interim basis following the exit of Shaheen Khan-Jones in November.

He assured students and staff that his work is not yet over, and said it is not his style to risk jeopardising progress at the school.

View the report below:

Sandown Bay Academy Ofsted Monitoring Report.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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