From ‘not achieving’ to ‘one of the most improved school nationally,’ Nova Hreod School headteacher Julie Tridgell gave a positive assessment of the future to business guests at an end of term barbecue in July.
Ms Tridgell emphasised the school’s commitment to new government initiatives. “We see the challenges from the coalition government as opportunity to work with their proposed apprenticeship schemes to prepare young people for the labour market.
“Partnership working is key to development at the school and its involvement with local businesses.”
She said that 2008 and 2009 had been difficult when Nova was included in a ‘National Challenge’ list for schools which were under-achieving in both attendance and class or exam results.
Ms Tridgell told her audience, “the negative reporting by the local newspaper did not help us but, earlier this year Ofsted reported the school as ‘rapidly improving.’ We’re now listed as one of the most improved schools in the country, with positive and outstanding features which is a tribute to the hard work put in by all at Nova Hreod.”
She said that facilities for reaching the widest spectrum of students are well in-hand and the opening of a new and fully functioning life skills apartment at the school earlier in the summer will assist individual students develop.
Mrs Tridgell added that the discussion about opening a 6th Form jointly with Greendown in 2013 held out exciting prospects.
• Nova Hreod is appealing for more people to join the school governing body. For details call 528800.
Pictured above, Julie Tridgell welcomes the Mayor and Mayoress Rex and Sandra Barnett with Mimiko Moyse and Ian Burgess of Stanton House Hotel and deputy head Amanda Clegg