‘Every child at my school can be an A* pupil’

PLEASED Headteacher Steve Labedz with the Year 10 art class.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (111022-7141)
PLEASED Headteacher Steve Labedz with the Year 10 art class. Picture: Malcolm Wells (111022-7141)

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EVERY single student has A* potential according to a headteacher whose school is celebrating an excellent Ofsted inspection.

Steven Labedz, of Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor, has just received a good grade with outstanding features following a visit earlier this month.

Rising attainment, excellent curriculum development, good teaching, compassion and leadership skills among students were just some of the school’s strengths identified by the inspectors.

Mr Labedz said: ‘I’m delighted with the report and I’m most proud of the recognition given to our school in building mutual respect for everyone.

‘It sounds corny but my driving ambition for every pupil is our school motto – Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve – and that’s exactly what we are doing.

‘Not everyone can get A*s in their GCSEs, but everyone can still be an A* person.

‘Our children raise thousands of pounds for charity each year, they campaign on issues that are important to them, and they run a very active student council.

‘By taking the initiative they are preparing not just for exams but for the real world.’

Inspectors were impressed with the flexibility of the school’s curriculum which enhances core subjects including maths, English, science, and humanities.

Mr Labedz said: ‘Our curriculum changes every year to suit the needs of children.’

Last year, students attained a pass rate of 52 per cent for five or more A* to C GSCEs.

Mr Labedz is confident his current year 11s are on track to improve on that statistic ‘significantly’, with early exam takers having already gained 66 and 63 per cent good pass rates in English and maths respectively.

He said: ‘The whole school believes in having high expectations – we’re not accepting second best.’