No quick solution to fix special measures

Heanor Gate Science College

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Parents and governors have been hearing about plans to get Heanor Gate Science College out of special measures.

They were at a parents’ forum held at the Kirkley Drive school to discuss sponsorship plans as the school links up with the George Spencer Trust.

The meeting on Thursday, July 3, was chaired by head of the George Spencer Trust Susan Jowett, who is also an Ofsred inspector.

The George Spencer Academy is based in Nottingham and has been judged ‘outstanding by Ofsted.

She said becoming part of the trust would mean there was a collective responsibility for getting the school out of special measures.

The link-up would also see a development programme for teachers and the chance to share learning practices.

She said the children’s progress at the school was important and each child would be monitored individually.

She said: “The acid test for me is when I walk into a classroom do I consider the lesson quality good enough for my own children?”

Headteacher Rob Howard addressed concerns raised by parents about staffing and communication. He said the school was now fully staffed and all updates would be 
published on the school website.