Poor sixth form overshadows Gable Hall’s Ofsted inspection

THE SIXTH form at Gable Hall has been ordered to improve by the government in their latest Ofsted inspection.

Ofsted came to the school between September 17th and 18th this year. The report made a number of positive comments about the school and graded it, overall, as Good. However, it has told the Corringham based school that it needs to improve the sixth form.

The report states: "The sixth form requires improvement. It is led well and teaching is good, but too many students have not received the right support and guidance to do well on the courses they choose."

"A small number of students who enter the sixth form without a GCSE in English or mathematics take this, but the proportion then gaining a grade C in mathematics is low. Other requirements of the 16–19 study programmes are in place with a strong emphasis on activities outside lessons, work-related experience, careers and a practical programme for ethics, transition and citizenship. Almost all students who complete Year 13 successfully go onto their next stage, with most going to university.

"However, too many students do not complete Year 12 or get the examination results they need to move into Year 13. Feedback from students, monitoring by the school and inspection evidence show that at the start of last year, students did not receive the information that they were not on track to meet their targets quickly enough.

"The quality of support and guidance given to students to ensure they achieve well on the courses they select to study has not been good enough, in contrast to the good-quality independent advice and guidance younger students are given about options and careers.

Sources close to the school have reported that the sixth form, a collaboration between Gable Hall, Hassenbrook Academy and St Clere’s, has, in recent times, become the focus of a power struggle dominated by controversial head of Gable Hall, Dr Sophina Asong.

Dr Asong is unavailable for comment.

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