Head’s delight as school is praised for improvements

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A headteacher has shared his delight after the hard work by staff and pupils to improve their school was praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Holy Trinity School, in Gossops Green, was given a ‘good’ rating by inspectors in a report published on Thursday (December 4).

jpco 10-12-14 Head teacher Paul Kennedy and students from Holy Trinity School after hearing the news of their good ofsted report (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140912-114542001

jpco 10-12-14 Head teacher Paul Kennedy and students from Holy Trinity School after hearing the news of their good ofsted report (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140912-114542001

A similar report in 2012 saw the school told it required improvement.

Headteacher Paul Kennedy said: “This judgement is a real testimony to the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of all staff, students, parents and governors of the school. 

“I am extremely proud of everyone and the fantastic achievements of Holy Trinity School and our young people.”

The inspection was carried out on November 11 and 12 where 44 lessons were observed, students’ work was analysed and meetings held with staff, students and governors.

The report stated teaching at the school had “improved dramatically” which in turn was helping students to make rapid progress in their learning.

It added: “Teaching in the sixth form is effective as it enables students with below-average prior attainment to reach standards above national averages in the majority of subjects.”

The attitude and behaviour of the students was described as “polite, courteous and friendly”.

The report added: “They are very proud of their school and are willing to talk enthusiastically about it.”

Ofsted made mention of Holy Trinity’s attitude to bullying, stating there were only a small number of incidents which Mr Kennedy and his team dealt with “sensitively”.

On the issue of personal development, the school’s REACH initiative was said to contribute effectively to students’ social, health and safety education.

Their intolerance of homophobia and racism was cited as evidence the initiative was working well.

Inspectors said the only reason Holy Trinity had not been awarded ‘outstanding’ status was because students in Key Stage 3 had not yet made the same rapid progress as their peers and some of the more able students were occasionally not challenged enough to allow them to reach their full potential.

But over all, the report was extremely positive and the leadership of Mr Kennedy was highlighted as key to the school’s continued improvement.

The report stated: “The headteacher is extremely ambitious for the students. He focuses relentlessly on improvements to teaching.

“The impact of his work is seen in all areas of the school.”

Mr Kennedy added: “I could not be more delighted and I look forward to continuing on this journey towards becoming a great school.”