Ofsted boost but Gosport school says it still has a way to go

RESULT! Brune Park Community College headteacher Chris Anders. Picture: Steve Reid (122258-900)
RESULT! Brune Park Community College headteacher Chris Anders. Picture: Steve Reid (122258-900)

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A GOSPORT secondary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors who say it has made significant improvements.

Brune Park Community College was last year given a notice to improve, with Ofsted noting that some of the teaching was inadequate and that students were under-achieving.

But a recent inspection said the school is now securely satisfactory.

A new headteacher will take over in September.

However Chris Anders, interim headteacher who has been leading the school for the past year, said there is still work to be done.

‘I’m very pleased. We have to be realistic about what’s achievable in a one-year period,’ he said.

‘Brune Park is now securely satisfactory.

‘It’s important that we can build on that. The new head will be able to do that with the staff, pupils and parents.

‘There’s a challenge in terms of getting the confidence of everyone associated with the school. What is it that needs to change for the school to be seen to be doing a better job?

‘The quality of education has improved and continues to improve.’

Inspectors noted that students’ attitude and behaviour have improved.

But Ofsted inspectors added that not all lessons provide an appropriate level of challenge for all students in the class and that teachers do not provide enough support to help students overcome these difficulties.

‘We need to know that every child is being given a satisfactory education,’ added Mr Anders.

‘I hope what parents will take is that the school is improving. It’s not where anyone wants it to finish but it’s a step on the way. It’s been an important year with Ofsted recognising improvement rather than decline.

‘The focus this year was about getting teaching and learning to a satisfactory standard and I’m pleased that the report says this is satisfactory overall. Now it’s moving more of the teaching from satisfactory to good.

‘It’s making sure that the staff receive the training and support that they need and that the children are inspired and challenged to achieve the best.’