THE headteacher of a new academy school has brought in five new members of staff in a bid to improve learning.
Bridgemary School in Gosport, which has had a turbulent history, became an academy this term.
It comes as the school celebrated better GCSE results this summer, despite the controversy surrounding the English results which saw those in June marked harder than those in January.
A total of 40 per cent of students achieved the gold standard of five or more A*-C grades including English and maths – nine per cent higher than last year.
The school is now sponsored by the Kemnal Academies Trust, which also sponsors Havant Academy. The Havant school also celebrated improved exam results this year.
Headteacher Richard Carlyle said: ‘The trust has an extremely good track record of improving outcomes for learning, investing in the quality of the school improvement and positive post-16 relations for schools.’
A zero-tolerance policy has been introduced at Bridgemary on litter and graffiti and violation of the school uniform policy.
An agreement has also been reached with Bay House School in relation to excluded pupils. Rather than being sent home, excluded students will be sent to Bay House to avoid them missing out on their education.
And instead of spending money on rebranding the school with new signs and a uniform, the school has recruited five teachers, three of them assistant heads.
Mr Carlyle added: ‘Some academies reopen by rebranding themselves.
‘In my opinion that’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money.
‘Other schools have done that and it hasn’t had an impact on standards.
‘What will impact on standards is changing the quality of the teachers.
‘It’s been positive.
‘We have had several letters of support from parents saying they have noticed a difference.
‘We have got a strong relationship with a fantastic academy which has a track record of improving schools.’
Charlie Hammond, 15, head girl at the school, said: ‘I have noticed a difference on the subject side. There’s been a lot of focus on our learning. Each student has their say. It’s not just the staff, it’s the students too.
‘The lessons have been more focused so we know what our targets are and what we are going to achieve and how to get there.
‘It’s helping to push us a little bit more.’