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Ofsted Recognise "Improving" IPACA on Portland


Published at 7:27am 11th July 2014.

It's almost top marks for IPACA Portland.

The school's been rated good by Ofsted after a two day inspection.

They observed 41 teachers in 43 different lessons and met with parents, students, governors, senior and middle leaders.

The schools English department recorded some of the best GCSE results in the country last year.

The quality of teaching, and leadership and management was also rated as good.

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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