Poor inspection report sees huge changes at Havant school

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THE headteacher of a Havant school which has plunged into special measures has promised to turn things around.

Helen Cassady arrived at Havant Academy just days before Ofsted inspectors arrived in July.

Inspectors said the school, which was formerly Staunton Community Sports College before it closed in 2010, is inadequate across all areas.

The report said achievement by pupils is inadequate with students not making enough progress. Too much teaching is inadequate or requires improvement and behaviour is not good enough.

But this year the Leigh Park school saw 41 per cent of students achieve the GCSE gold standard – five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. That is the highest in the school’s history.

Mrs Cassady, who took over from Julie Taylor, said there have been huge changes.

‘If you had an Ofsted team come in today it would be a very different Ofsted report,’ she said.

‘This academy has never had results which were above the government’s floor target.

‘There has been some significant improvement in English and maths. The picture now is very different. We are working on raising student achievement by improving the quality of teaching and learning. And we are working on student behaviour and ensuring there is accountability at all levels of the academy.

‘We have got in place new behaviour management systems. That’s dealing with low-level disruption as well as overt behaviour which is unacceptable.’

The school, which has 424 pupils, has also seen some staffing changes, as well as changes to the curriculum.

Mrs Cassady said she was drawn to the school as she wanted to make a difference.

‘I saw the potential for Havant Academy. That’s why I came here,’ she said.

‘I wanted a school where I could make a significant difference in improving young people’s education.

‘It’s such a vibrant place to be. There’s a real energy about the academy.

‘I am expecting it to be a high-performing academy and for results to improve and for the students to be the best that they can possibly be.

‘For Havant and the community, the fact that it’s got the best results in its history is absolutely superb.

‘We expect to continue to make rapid improvement as the academic year moves forward.’