‘We’re improving’ says head of Gosport school rated as inadequate by Ofsted

Head teacher Richard Kelly
Head teacher Richard Kelly

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THE head of a school put into special measures after being rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted says improvements are being made.

Brune Park has seen its rating drop to the lowest grading with the previous inspection in 2014 rating it as ‘requires improvement’.

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

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 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 now work closely with the headteacher Richard Kelly and the school’s leadership team to improve its action plan.

Mr 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 the 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 co-operation and continued support of the whole school community that will be crucial in driving improvement.’

Councillor Peter Edgar, who is executive member for education at the county council, said the rating did not reflect on the entire school.

‘Many pupils at Brune Park, both in the past and present, have done very well,’ he said.

‘Just because the school is inadequate, it does not mean that every pupil and member of staff is inadequate. I wish them all the best as an academy.’