Troubled school reveals rescue plan

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.

Rigorous monitoring of teaching and ‘all boys’ English lessons are among measures unveiled as part of a rescue plan for Heanor Gate Science College.

The school, which takes in pupils from Ilkeston, was placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted inspectors after they visited in September.

In a damning report, the Government watchdog found achievement was lacking in English and that lessons were not challenging enough for the most able students.

But at a meeting of parents and teachers on Wednesday November 13, entitled The Journey Back to Outstanding, a list of measures to get the school back on track was unveiled.

Ofsted had said: “Achievement is inadequate because many students do not make the progress they should, particularly in English.”

But to counter this the school is to launch nine new initiatives, including two ‘all-boy’ English groups in year 11 to ‘address underachievement’.

English staff, a letter to parents said, ‘have introduced a rigorous tracking system to monitor student progress and swiftly intervene when there is under-performance’.

To make lessons more challenging the school says ‘additional staff training and coaching has been planned throughout the year for all teachers’.

There were measures unveiled to improve leadership, to halt the decline in A-level performance, particularly among boys, and to address the high number of children excluded from the school.