School given targets to improve

Ripley mill hill school sign.
Ripley mill hill school sign.

‘Requires improvement ‘ was the verdict given by of Ofsted inspectors after assessing Ripley’s Mill Hill School – despite noting an increase in good and outstanding teaching.

Their report comes five years on from being judged as ‘inadequate’ and given a notice to improve.

The inspectors said that sixth formers receiving free school meals were not reaching the desired attainment.

And achievement in English and maths had not been ‘consistently good enough’ since its 2011 assessment.

But it concludes: “Leaders and managers understand what needs to be done to improve the school.

“There are already appropriate plans in place that are already having an impact on improving teaching.”

The report, produced after four inspectors visited the school over two days in October to observe 37 lessons, states that attendance is rising and exclusions reducing, behaviour around the school was orderly, students were safe and bullying was rare.

They said a literacy co-ordinator had been appointed and subject leaders had ‘clear targets for improvement’.

The school will receive a full Ofsted inspection within 24 months and an inspector has been appointed to work with the school to decide when it will be ready for re-inspection.

A meeting is being held for parents and carers who want to know more about measures put in place at the school on Wednesday, November 20, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Acting head teacher Carey Savage, said: “The inspection team conducted a very fair inspection and agreed with our self-evaluation of the school’s overall effectiveness.

“I am pleased they recognised our areas of strength and acknowledged that Mill Hill School is an improving school in which standards are rising.

“We are, however, fully aware of the work that we still have to do and we have already begun making significant changes in the school to secure good outcomes for every student.

“I’d like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support with the education of their children.”