Gosport school put into special measures after Ofsted rates it as inadequate

Brune Park School in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160015-20)
Brune Park School in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs (160015-20)
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A SCHOOL in Gosport has been put into special measures after being rated as inadequate in a recent Ofsted inspection.

The secondary school will now be put in special measures and talks are being held for it to turn into an academy to help drive up standards.

While Ofsted’s judgement is disappointing, I am pleased they have acknowledged that we had already identified what needs to be done to improve

Richard Kelly

In the report, which was published yesterday following the inspection in April, it said the school had been too slow in addressing the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report.

It added: ‘The quality of teaching is inadequate because there is too much variation across the school.

‘As a result, pupils do not make enough progress to make up for the legacy of interrupted teaching in the past.

‘Frequent changes of teachers and difficulties in recruitment have meant that many pupils have had little consistency in teaching over time. This has limited their achievement in a range of subjects.

‘Examination results in 2015 were very poor for the great majority of subjects studied in the school. Few pupils were successful in gaining higher grades.’

But the report did praise the behaviour of the students and said attendance had improved significantly.

Hampshire County Council’s school improvement officers will be working closely with the headteacher and leadership team to improve its action plan.

Headteacher Richard Kelly said: ‘While Ofsted’s judgement is disappointing, I am pleased they have acknowledged that we had already identified what needs to be done to improve and had begun to take the right steps on that improvement journey.

‘We are grateful to be able to access the expertise and advice provided by Hampshire County Council’s school improvement team.

‘I would also like to express my thanks to staff, governors and parents.

‘Their support is invaluable and it is the cooperation and continued support of the whole school community that will be crucial in driving improvement.’