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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:21

Hextable School, OFSTED Notice to Improve

Hextable School has failed its most recent OFSTED, being served with Notice to Improve. The Report records that the school meets the Government floor standards, and yet the only area it fails is on pupil achievement. A closer reading shows that the problem is not actually levels of achievement, but limited progress after entry to the school. This is then qualified by noting that progress in maths and English in Years 10 & 11 is an improvement on previous years.  Quality of teaching is satisfactory. The school clearly has a challenge in that "Students’ attainment on entry is consistently well below average and the proportion of more-able students is low". Most criticism appears to be levelled at past, not present, performance of students. Leadership is satisfactory and making improvements. This appears to be a reflection of the harsher judgements increasingly made by OFSTED, and an improving school, with an academically low intake has been punished for its failure to  develop those students fast enough. The headteacher has left the school and .......


the governors have appointed a new Executive Headteacher, Alan Brooks, currently head of the OFSTED Outstanding Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, who comes with an excellent reputation.  This is the second secondary school in the area to narrowly fail its OFSTED, alongside Dartford Technology College, whose OFSTED Reports are in sharp contrast to some other schools, which have been slammed in all areas. 

Last modified on Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:54

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