A Gorton school placed under special measures last summer has started the new school year with an excellent monitoring report from Ofsted.

Cedar Mount Academy, on Wembley Road, welcomed Ofsted for its latest inspection in July – and this week received official notification of the visit, which has highlighted its progress.

The report states: “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures,” praising the newly appointed Executive Principal Phil Mellen for his “strong, incisive leadership.”

Mr Mellen was appointed to the role of Executive Principal by Bright Futures Educational Trust in June, in order to address the leadership issues raised in the previous monitoring visit and to continue to guide Cedar Mount on its journey of improvement.

He has worked within BFET for three years and states: “We have now had three monitoring inspections since last summer and are delighted that the proactive and positive steps we have made are being recognised.”

These steps include; the appointment of new teaching staff and the formation of a new executive leadership team; continued training for all teaching staff; closer working relationships with local primary schools; increased communication with parents and the overall aim of an effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. The latest Ofsted monitoring report has specifically identified:

  • A continual improvement in the quality of teaching
  • Proven staff positivity
  • Increased pupil satisfaction and attitudes to learning
  • Improved leadership

With the conclusion: “The school has moved on considerably. The Trust (BFET) responded decisively to the findings of the last monitoring inspection, particularly in relation to the concerns raised about leadership. It has ensured that there is now strong leadership, both strategically and from day to day, as the school moves towards and beyond its next full inspection.”

Mr Mellen adds: “We are determined Cedar Mount will be successful. While we have already made huge improvements, we recognise that there is more to be done. We will continue working to the best of our abilities for the next Ofsted inspection, but more importantly, to deliver the best possible education for our existing and future students.”