‘Sobering’ Ofsted verdict as Boston Grammar School receives a pair of ‘satisfactory’ grades

BOSTON Grammar School is a ‘satisfactory’ school with ‘satisfactory’ capacity for sustained improvement.

This is the ‘sobering’ verdict of the Government’s education watchdog, Ofsted, following its latest inspection of the South End school.

The grade is the third lowest out of the four available to Ofsted, with only ‘inadequate’ below it, and one down on the school’s previous rating in 2008 of ‘good’.

Acting head teacher Paul Marsh described the assessment as ‘sobering’.

He continued, however: “This wasn’t entirely unexpected as the ‘major reorganisation’ and ‘uncertainty as to its future’ referred to by Ofsted in the report have clearly impacted in the intervening period, and the report does point to the fact that now ‘the school is once again directing its attention and efforts to tackle the main priority of raising achievement.”

The school has indeed faced ‘major reorganisation’ in the intervening years following its federation with Boston High School, in Spilsby Road, with issues raised over intake - single-sex or mixed - and the future use of the sites.

The report states progress is being made following a dip in exam standards, but not in all subject areas.

Teaching attracts particular criticism from inspectors.

“Progress is no better than [satisfactory] because teachers do not plan activities that are sufficiently interesting and challenging for students of differing attainment levels, particularly higher attainers,” it states.

Mr Marsh assured parents the school would be ‘working hard’ to ‘ensure that those areas of the school which need to improve further are addressed’.