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Court Fields School, Wellington, out of special measures
A SCHOOL which plunged into special measures is back on the right track.
Head teacher Rachael Bennett, pictured, said: “Everyone has worked hard and it is so pleasing to see Ofsted recognise the huge efforts that have been made.
“There is clear improvement and we know what we need to do. Everyone has helped but the teachers and students really deserve praise.”
The latest inspection – which rates the school as ‘requires improvement’ - follows promising GCSE results where 57% of students achieved five or more C grades including English and maths.
It is believed to be the shortest time taken for a Somerset secondary school to make such a significant improvement.
Ms Bennett added: “We accept the Ofsted report in full and this is a big step for us as we move towards becoming an academy.
“We will work even harder to bring about the further improvements needed.”
The schools watchdog highlighted leadership and management as ‘good’ but said the teaching of subjects was not consistently good.
It said a gap in standards between students eligible for free school meals and others has closed considerably since the original report last January.
The school has also introduced a data tracking system, which allows staff to be on top of each student individually, ensuring they can pick up on their development at the earliest opportunity.
Castle head teacher Sarah Watson will become executive head and will oversee both schools, while Ms Bennett will remain in charge of day-to-day running at Court Fields.
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