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Head turns failing school around within 12 months.
9:55am Friday 28th March 2014 in News
A school that was placed in special measures a year ago been turned around and is now rated as good.
Ofsted inspectors said Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre was now a good school and praised the headteacher for the school's rapid improvement.
Inspectors found achievement at the school was good with students starting at the school with broadly average standards but achieving above average results at GCSEs.
Able pupils, disabled pupils and those with special needs all made good progress.
The quality of teaching was much improved with inspectors finding that inadequate teaching had been eradicated.
Teaching was mainly good and sometimes outstanding and the quality of marking was good.
Pupils were described as well behaved with good and often excellent attitudes towards their lessons.
Relationships between staff and students were also called "excellent."
Leadership and management at the school were also described as good with headteacher Kirsten Harrison described as "instrumental in bringing about rapid improvements since the school was placed in special measures."
The school was said to have a good sixth form that prepared pupils well for the future with students going to good universities or taking up apprenticeships.
However, inspectors said there was still too much variation in students' achievement across sixth form subjects and between AS and A level.
They also said results for GCSE science and modern foreign languages did not yet match those in English and maths.
The school was advised to try and raise more teaching to an outstanding level to progress further.
Mrs Harrison said she was: "delighted with the outcome as it recognised the great work the school had done over the last 12 months."
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