A HEADTEACHER has vowed to fight back and prove his school is better than it was graded by Ofsted.
Portchester Community School ‘requires improvement’ according to inspectors after it was rated the third grade out of four.
The report said that the students’ achievement is not yet good and it varies too much between subjects, with boys not achieving as well as they should. Too few students have made the progress of which they are capable in English by the end of Year 11.
But headteacher Roger Matthews said: ‘I was quite surprised and disappointed by the judgments because the feedback we received during the inspection was incredibly positive.
‘The feedback we got from the lesson observations was very positive.
‘One of the biggest challenges in any school is making sure we have got consistency across the different subjects.
‘I do feel for teachers in English and maths. Everything is geared to their success which puts a huge pressure on those particular subject areas. I’m very confident about the quality of education that we provide in maths and English.’
The report adds that teaching is improving and the school has a welcoming community which encourages students to respect others and behave well.
‘I’m very proud of that. Our students are wonderful people,’ Mr Matthews added.
Inspectors said the school needs to improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better.
And student achievement needs to be improved with a focus on standards in English and accelerating the progress made by boys.
Mr Matthews said an action plan has been drawn up.
‘I do think it’s already a good school so it’s about us being able to really show them that that’s in fact the case,’ he said.
‘I’m confident that with our very targeted action plan we will be in a better position to convince them of that reality.’