HEANOR: Science college showing improvement signs

NRHN 16-08-12 BE 18 Heanor gate school rth form A level results.
NRHN 16-08-12 BE 18 Heanor gate school rth form A level results.

A Government inspector assigned to Heanor Gate Science College has reported progress is being made in bringing the school out of ‘special measures’.

The Kirkley Drive College was judged as ‘inadequate’ in its September Ofsted report.

The shock verdict came only two years after it was found to be ‘outstanding’ by the government watchdog.

The inspectors said the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership and management were all “inadequate” while the behaviour and safety of the pupils was said to “require improvement”.

Shortly afterwards parents were told that an action plan was being implemented at the college to help it improve standards.

Government inspector Zarina Connolly visited the school in December and reported in a letter published on Ofsted’s website: “You (the school), supported by a large and capable leadership team, have wasted no time in addressing the key areas for improvement identified in the recent section 5 report.

“Action has already been taken to address weaknesses in teaching and learning with some early positive signs.”

As part of the action plan the head of English from ‘a Nottingham school’ it says, is currently visiting once a week to ‘support the work of the English department’.

Governors are also meeting regularly with senior leaders to monitor the school’s progress.