An Ofsted inspection of Nova Hreod School in mid-October has declared it is a ‘rapidly improving school’ and no longer requires a Notice to Improve.
Delighted headteacher Julie Tridgell, pictured with members of the Nova Hreod school council, said the outcome was very pleasing given that the inspection had taken place against a new, much tougher framework compared to the last inspection in June 2008 which had set terms for significant improvements at the school.
Other points made in the report:
• There has been an increase in the number of good (grade 2) judgements since the last inspection (16 in this inspection compared to 2 in in June 2008);
• Students say they are safe and happy and that the school listens to them and addresses their concerns;
• Students are proud of the school and at times the inspection team were ‘mobbed’ by young people to tell them of their pride of being a Nova Hreod student;
• Behaviour is rapidly improving;
• Attendance is good;
• Significant progress has been made in a very short period of time;
• Nova Hreod is developing a culture of high expectation and challenge;
• Nova Hreod is very close to outstanding judgements on care, guidance and support, on the quality of the curriculum and the school’s engagement with parents.
The inspection team congratulates Nova Hreod for making significant and rapid progress in a relatively short period of time and points out that in the fourteen months since she arrived, the headteacher has provided outstanding leadership, instigating a number of changes that are leading to significant improvement. Weaknesses in management identified previously has been addressed and the school is improving rapidly.
Mrs Tridgell said, “the success has come from teamwork right across the school and beyond – every person who works at Nova Hreod, all the students and their parents – have contributed to the inspector’s judgement.
“We’re very pleased. I would like to express my thanks to the parents who contributed to the inspection and for their comments on how to improve our provision further.”
The report comes after a long period of Ofsted scrutiny of Nova Hreod which was put on the government’s national challenge programme because fewer than 30 per cent of pupils achieved 5+ GCSE A to C grades, including English and Maths.
The September 2008 Link, following that summer’s 35 per cent 5+ A to C passes (inc. English and Maths), reported Mrs Tridgell introducing new systems to boost performance and a can-do culture at Nova Hreod.
In July this year 43 per cent of students achieved 5+A to C grades (inc. English and Maths).