Academy placed in ‘special measures’

NRHN 16-08-12 BE 18 Heanor gate school rth form A level results.
NRHN 16-08-12 BE 18 Heanor gate school rth form A level results.
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A secondary school attended by Ilkeston pupils has been branded ‘inadequate’ and will be put into special measures.

Heanor Gate Science College, which became an academy in November 2011, was rated as ‘outstanding’ at an inspection two years ago.

But Ofsted inspectors have now said the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership and management were all ‘inadequate’ at the latest inspection.

“Since becoming an academy the college has declined,” the report read. “Achievement is inadequate because many students do not make the progress they should, particularly in English.

“The most able students, those who are disabled and those who have special educational needs are under achieving.”

The sixth form was also deemed ‘inadequate’.

In a letter to parents headteacher Rob Howard said he was ‘disappointed’ with the judgement.

“I would like to assure you that staff will continue to work hard to provide your child with the best all round education possible within a safe and caring environment,” he added.

A meeting for parents to talk about how the school will work towards being removed from special measures will be held on Wednesday November 13 at 6pm in the school hall.