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Head teacher 'disappointed' at Ofsted rating

Taunton Academy has been rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors Credit: Taunton Academy

A Somerset school has been rated "inadequate" overall by Ofsted inspectors.

The report found that Taunton Academy "requires significant improvement, because it is performing significantly less well than it might in all the circumstances reasonably be expected to perform".

Head teacher Jenny Veal talking to a student about her GCSE results Credit: Taunton Academy

Taunton Academy's head teacher agrees that improvement is needed but feels not enough time has been given for her to turn things around. Jenny Veal only took charge in January 2016, appointed for her strong track record in school reform, but changes take time.

I am pleased that the inspectors recognised some of the fundamental changes and improvements that we are making at the academy, but I am equally very disappointed with the judgement.

This is principally because not enough of the reforms have been in place long enough to have had proper impact yet or to be properly measured.

However, the inspectors feel confident that school leaders know what needs to be done and have the ability to continue to make improvements quickly.

My leadership team and I, the governors and trust board, remain wholly committed to driving standards at the academy.

– Jenny Veal, Head, Taunton Academy
Ofsted praised the academy for its pastoral care for students Credit: Taunton Academy

The inspectors did praise Mrs Veal for bringing the school through a period of uncertainty, halting any decline in standards.

They also recognised the ethos of care for the students, mentioning the strong staff student relationships and very good pastoral support.