Newent School making progress second Ofsted inspection finds
Newent School is continuing to improve after being placed in special measures a new Ofsted inspection has found.
The latest Ofsted inspection has not yet been made public and the school has not yet been lifted out of special measures but the senior management team said the report shows 'rapid progress' is being made.
Three government inspectors - Michael Smith, Gary Kirkley and Paul Edwards - visited the school last month to find out what progress and improvements have been made since their last monitoring visit in May.
Since being placed in special measures in January, the school has been supported by the National Leader of Education, staff from Cirencester Deer Park School and a number of external consultants.
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In his report on the latest inspection, HM Inspector Michael Smith praised the efforts of headteacher Kirsten Harrison, governors, senior leaders and staff to improve the school – with recognition of progress and pointers for the future.
Mr Smith said this year’s GCSE results show significant improvements across the board.
“Results show that students generally achieve well,” he said.
“They progress from broadly average standards when they start at the academy to reach standards above average when compared to national figures for students who take mainly GCSE examinations.
“The proportion of students who make or exceed expected progress in both English and mathematics is in line or above national figures.
“The results also show significant improvements to the progress made by lower-ability students and students with special educational needs who are supported at school action and school action plus. Support for these students across all years has improved.”
The inspection said lessons had been made more interesting and students were 'making a positive contribution to their own learning.'
Senior leaders came in line for praise for their hands-on approach to improving teaching quality and for their support for headteacher Kirsten Harrison, the school said today.
Mr Smith said the academy should now press on with further improvements to the quality of teaching to move forward out of special measures.
Mrs Harrison said: “We are delighted with this report which recognises once again how we have faced up to any problems.
“We are never complacent and there are further improvements to be made but this was never going to be a quick fix. It will take time but we have obviously already made rapid progress.
”We shall continue to drive the school forward.”