College praised for leadership and progress

Principal Keith Prytherch & Vicki Rahn.
Principal Keith Prytherch & Vicki Rahn.

The town’s college has been inspected for the first time since its pioneering merger.

North Yorkshire County Council launched a local authority review of Caedmon College with a one-day inspection carried out on September 15.

It was to monitor the college’s self evaluation processes, prepare it for its next Ofsted inspection and to check progress since the last visit back in October 2013.

The college, which then was Whitby Community College, was rated as good and during last month’s visit the college was praised for its working practices and advised on what it could do to become graded as ‘outstanding’.

The visit was undertaken by a fellow headteacher and an education improvement advisor.

They visited 14 lessons throughout the day covering a wide variety of subjects, met with staff and students and looked at students’ work.

Working practices across the college also came under scrutiny with particular attention being paid to the college development plan, student tracking, monitoring of behaviour and attendance and the governing body’s meeting records.

Key findings were

l The Principal and senior leaders have high expectations of students and staff and are ambitious to secure further improvement and have established an accurate view of the current position of the school

lLeadership at all levels is clearly focused upon securing rapid and sustained improvement.

lThe strategic document ‘Caedmon College Learning Plan 2015-16’ provides a clear and succinct vision for the future and is shared with key partners and stakeholders.

In order to move up a grade to outstanding the college was handed a number of targets.

They feature

l Improve quality of written self-evaluation document so it is more evaluative

l Develop strategies to improve attendance so it is in line with or above the national average for key groups of students,

Principal Keith Prytherch said: “To have a local authority senior officer and a North Yorkshire headteacher inspect the college and say such complimentary things is a real credit to the students, staff, parents and governors.

“This praise has been well earned over many years of continuous improvement and especially through the excellent results this year for Post 16 students and at GCSE level where 63% achieved five A*-C passes with English and Maths.

“We are also pleased to hear that our self evaluation is accurate and our action plan is focused very tightly on those things that will move us further towards the outstanding school we aim to be.