9:00am Saturday 28th December 2013
By Alex Bysouth
A HEADTEACHER in Hartford is determined to keep on improving his school despite receiving an impressive OFSTED report.
Inspectors found Hartford Church of England High School’s student achievement to be good with many aspects outstanding, judged more than a third of all lessons observed as outstanding, classed student behaviour as outstanding and confirmed the school’s pastoral care was outstanding.
The report said the headteacher, senior and middle leaders and governors shared high expectations and an unswerving commitment to ensuring every student achieved their goals.
A delighted Mike Holland, headteacher, said: “The reality is that our public examination results have always been good and for the last two years they have been outstanding.
“The team recognised our many strengths and this glowing report reflects what they saw. To improve further we need to build on an existing strength – to ensure that there is even more outstanding teaching.”
Overall, OFSTED classed the school as ‘good’, stating it could become outstanding for all groups of students by ensuring teachers always stretch and support all students, including the least and most able and more vulnerable groups as well as matching work even more precisely to individual needs.
“OFSTED is continually raising the bar for schools and it is becoming more and more difficult to achieve such a good outcome as ours,” added Mr Holland.
“I have already told the students and staff that the report does not mean that we are perfect and that we will never stop trying to improve.
“I have also told them that I am very proud of their contribution to this success during the two days of the inspection because they did what they always do.”
The report is available in full via the school website at hartfordhigh.org.uk
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