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Ofsted finds Holmer Green school requires improvement
A SCHOOL in Holmer Green has gone from good to requires improvement in its latest Ofsted report, after becoming an academy.
Holmer Green Senior School became an academy in September 2012, which means it is free from local authority control.
Ofsted visited in January and the latest report said it requires improvement overall and in key areas from the standard of the teaching to the achievement of pupils.
Previously, in March 2011 Ofsted awarded it a good rating.
The report said results are not improving rapidly enough in GCSE English and the sixth form needs improving as pupils are not making enough progress.
Among other points it said although there is high-quality teaching it is not consistently good, which the leaders, managers and governors have not ensured.
However, the report said achievement in maths, foreign languages and technology is improving rapidly and relationships between students and with staff are a real strength, and that pupils enjoy going to school.
Headteacher Michael Jones: "Naturally the governors and the leadership team are disappointed by the judgement. However, the key points made by Ofsted are that our students do make expected levels of progress in their time at HGSS and a number of subject areas do even better than that, such as Mathematics, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Technology.
"There was nothing that was observed to be inadequate and Ofsted noted that we have many initiatives in place this year, including in English, that should see our achievement levels rise this summer. Essentially, the school's overall achievement levels have not gone down since our Good judgement in 2011 but we accept that they have not risen sufficiently to meet the higher expectations of the current Ofsted framework.
"HGSS is committed and determined to raise our achievement not only to the levels required of a Good school but to fulfil our ambition to become an Outstanding one. This is a time of unprecedented change in education but at HGSS we are determined to meet the challenge and do our very best for all our students."
Other secondary moderns in the area have also received requires improvement in their latest Ofsted- Cressex Community School, Highcrest Academy and Princes Risborough School. Wye Valley School is in special measures.
The Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body at Holmer Green Senior School will be holding a parents meeting to discuss details within the report on February 25 at 7pm in the school's main hall.