School reveals rescue plans

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.

Rigorous monitoring of teaching and ‘all boys’ English lessons were among measures unveiled as part of a rescue plan forHeanor Gate Science College.

The Kirkley Drve school was placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted inspectors after visiting there in September.

In a damning report, the Government watchdog found achievement lacking in English and found lessons were not challenging enough for the most able students.

But at a meeting of parents and teachers on Wednesday night, November 13, entitled ‘The Journey Back to Outstanding’, a list of measures to get the school back on track was unveiled.

The Ofsted report stated: “Achievement is inadequate because many students do not make the progress they should, particularly in English .”

But to counter this the school is to launch nine new initiatives including two ‘all boy’ English groups in year 11 to “address underachievement.”

English staff ,a letter to parents says,“have introduced a rigorous tracking system to monitor student progress and swiftly intervene when there is underperformance.”

To make lessons more challenging the school says “additional staff training and coaching has been planned throughout the year for all teachers.”

There were also measures unveiled to improve leadership, to halt the decline in A-Level performance, particularly in boys, and to address the high number of children excluded form the school.