Kirkby Sports College drives improvement rules Ofsted

Kirkby Sports College’s new leadership is having a “positive impact” with a clear strategy in place to drive improvements, according to the latest Ofsted report.

The findings have been published on the Ofsted website following the first monitoring inspection since the college was placed in special measures in November 2012.

KSC is working alongside Wigan based Hawkley Hall High School with a view of converting to an Academy in September under the Rowan Learning Trust.

The latest report said student behaviour is improving, the checking of student progress is more rigorous and appropriate steps are being taken to improve teaching quality.

Meanwhile, senior management have a clear understanding of what needs improving and the mechanisms for driving up standards. Furthermore, both the college’s improvement plan and Knowsley Council’s statement of action have been deemed “fit for purpose”.

Ofsted inspectors recorded that the “drive and determination” of Kirkby Sports College’s acting headteacher Bill Leyland is having a “positive impact” on moving the college forward.

Mr Leyland said the college has a solid foundation to raise ambitions, aspirations and academic success. “We are pleased with this latest report which clearly acknowledges the procedures we have put in place to drive improvements at the college,” he said. “The senior management and teaching staff are clear on what needs to be done to raise standards. Staff roles and responsibilities have been reviewed to match the improvement priorities. Ofsted has judged our improvement plan as clear and concise. Critically, we have itemised the actions the college will need to take to address each of the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection.”

The inspection involved in-depth meetings with teachers, senior leaders and representatives from Knowsley Council as well as a tour of the college, lesson visits and informal discussions with students.

Officials judged the Interim Executive Board, which replaced the school’s governing body, as having suitable expertise and experience with effective plans to monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the college’s work.

Cllr Graham Wright, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “We are committed to improving GCSE attainment and providing the very best education for pupils.  The latest Ofsted findings show that we are making improvements, which we will continue to build on.  Working with colleagues from Hawkley Hall is providing an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate improvement for all our pupils.”



Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning was officially opened in September 2009, by Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, and former Executive Director of Knowsley’s Children & Family Services.

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning provides secondary education for pupils aged from 11-16, for up to 1200 pupils, with a maximum intake of 240 places per year.

The centre was Knowsley’s third Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Centre for Learning to open its doors to pupils, so that they, along with the community, can have state of the art technology, as well as excellent facilities for sport, cultural and leisure activities. This centre specialises in sports and is a centre for excellence for maths.

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