Headlands going from strength to strength

Headlands School'Good Ofstead Report'Pictured Mr Walmsley, Rhys Stevens 17, Evan Tinsley 124, Lewis White 14, Brandon Lester 13, James Frankish 11, Melissa Portlock 18 , Amaya Greenwood 16'PA1145-16a

Headlands School'Good Ofstead Report'Pictured Mr Walmsley, Rhys Stevens 17, Evan Tinsley 124, Lewis White 14, Brandon Lester 13, James Frankish 11, Melissa Portlock 18 , Amaya Greenwood 16'PA1145-16a

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HEADLANDS School is “moving in the right direction” according to its latest Ofsted report.

Staff are delighted at the results, which highlighted rapid improvements that are taking place at the school.

The report said Headlands was offering a good level of care and support to pupils and teachers, whilst managers were complemented on their commitment and ambitions on behalf of students.

Ofsted also commented favourably on the arrangements made for students transferring into Year 7.

In 2008 the school was placed in special measures for 18 months for failing to provide an acceptable standard of education to pupils.

However since that time Headlands has be progressing well and Ofsted’s recent findings will add weight to the view that the school is on an upward trajectory.

The report did make clear there was room for improvement in some areas, such as increasing the time that year 10 and 11 pupils spend doing sport and ensuring all lessons motivated learners.

Headteacher Scott Ratheram said: “I can assure you that we will all continue to drive improvement so that all students get the best possible education we can give them,

“In the future we don’t just want reports that say good and satisfactory we want ones that say very good and outstanding.”

Mr Ratheram said the school would continue to work on improving teaching and planned improvements such as a new learning observation gallery would ensure the school continues to progress.

Mr Ratheram thanked staff and students for the hard work they had put in to improving standards and said that although there is a feeling of pride in how Headlands has improved, there is also a sense that there is more to come.

Overall levels of attainment at the school had risen sharply since the last inspection and there was also a larger proportion of good lessons.

In several subjects including Maths and Science students are performing at the national average.

Almost 1,200 pupils currently attend the school from age 11 to 18.

An action plan is available to view on the school’s website which details plans to address areas identified for further improvement.

The Ofsted report noted that standards (exam results) had ‘risen year on year’ and the school was an ‘increasingly calm and orderly place where they (students) can succeed’.