Ofsted praises improvements at Havant Academy

From left, Grace Cross, 12, Taylor Bartlett, 13, Principal Helen Cassady and Harry Aldrich, 12, at Havant Academy ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151125-7029)
From left, Grace Cross, 12, Taylor Bartlett, 13, Principal Helen Cassady and Harry Aldrich, 12, at Havant Academy ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151125-7029)
Chef Matthew Sussex with Student James Hillyer dishing out the starters                                               (171278-523)

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  • School which Ofsted said was failing is now judged as good
  • Improved levels of teaching
  • Students make good progress across the school
  • Parents say it’s good for the local community
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IT’S been a long journey to success but it has been worth the wait as Havant Academy has been judged a good school.

It has had a troubled past and was put into special measures by Ofsted inspectors two years ago.

It feels fantastic. It’s such good, positive news for our community

Helen Cassady, principal

Now, principal Helen Cassady said the hard work has paid off as Ofsted recognised the improvements that have been made.

‘It feels fantastic,’ she said. ‘It’s such good, positive news for our community.

‘It’s a superb achievement for everybody who is involved.

‘It’s that team ethos that we have here combined with real belief.

‘We believe that our young people can achieve and can do well.

‘Having that belief motivates them to achieve and go on and succeed.

‘The local community is delighted. The parents are over the moon that the school has been so successful.’

Ofsted said that students now make good progress across the school and that there have been significant improvements in the quality of teaching.

Ms Cassady added: ‘We put an awful lot of work in but I have been clear from the beginning that we were aiming for good.

‘I was most pleased with the quality of teaching and learning and how we have highly effective working relationships between staff and students.

‘I was delighted with what they said about the students in terms of them being polite and courteous. They are keen to learn.’

Michelle Smith, 48, from Woodcot Crescent has a 14-year-old daughter, Sophie, who is in Year 9.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic.

‘You can see that the teachers and the pupils have worked so hard to get where they are today. To go from special measures to good is fantastic.

‘The children are happier. My daughter is happier.’

Lee Cross, 45, is from Broxhead Road in West Leigh. Her daughter Lolena is going to the academy in September.

Mrs Cross said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m so pleased.

‘I hoped that they were going to get better but to go straight for good is fantastic. Hopefully the education level will go through the roof for the kids.’

Staunton Community Sports College closed in 2010 and the school was reopened as Havant Academy.