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Three is the lucky number for this secondary school

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AFareham secondary school is celebrating a hat-trick of good results.

Henry Cort Community College, on Hillson Drive, has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors for the third time in a row since executive principal Phil Munday took over.

Mr Munday started at the school in 2006 and is delighted to see the hard work of his staff and pupils be recognised by the consistent score.

Mr Munday said: ‘The inspectors were very positive about the relationships between staff and students as being strong and effective.’

One of the key areas that impressed inspectors during their February visit was the tutor groups. These see a mix of pupils from Years eight, nine, 10 and 11 share a small tutor group, enabling the older students to mentor the younger ones and the younger ones to build relationships with older pupils.

Mr Munday said: ‘It means the tutor group is more like a family than just a class.’

Ofsted inspectors praised the achievement of its 890 students, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of students.

They said students often start at lower than average, but finish higher then average, particularly in French.

The English Baccalaureate qualification was also highlighted as being above the national average.

The report noted strong leadership and management, down to an unusual mix of executive head Mr Munday and associate principal Paul Fielon that allows them to divide their areas of responsibilities according to their strengths.

Mr Munday said the school would be working to improve its student feedback, which was the main reason for it not being rated as outstanding.

Mr Munday said: ‘We now have a clear vision of where we want the school to go.’

The rating follows the school’s highest GCSE results, which saw them rise four per cent and more pupils achieve five or more GCSEs than the national average.

 

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