Head is 'over the moon' by inspection turnaround
PUBLISHED: 17:45 19 July 2012
A WESTON secondary school, shamed as one of the country's worst last year, has been praised by inspectors for its 'remarkable improvements'.
Hans Price Academy, formerly Wyvern Community School, is predicted to double its GCSE pass rate this summer, barely a year after adopting academy status.
Headteacher Armando Di-Finizio said he was ‘over the moon’ with the praise from Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school at the end of June and questioned members of the public on the school’s perception in the town.
The school, which was the first to become an academy in Weston, was ranked as the 13th lowest performing in the country last year for its ‘inadequate’ 23 per cent A*-C GCSE pass rate, including English and maths.
Concerns over its performance saw inspectors review the school’s performance at the end of June. Government legislation ensures all new academies are reviewed within the first 18 months.
The report, published this week, said: “Although a high proportion of the students started year seven with skills that were below national expectations, achievement has been ‘inadequate’.
“(But) current academy predictions, based on examinations and modules results, indicate standards at the end of year 11 have made a remarkable improvement.”
The report also praises the improved teaching standards and the accelerated progress of learning among students.
The introduction of a new uniform and better behaviour outside of the classroom also impressed the inspectors.
Hans Price’s introduction of a restorative justice process – a scheme in which pupils are sat down to discuss disruptive behaviour rather than just punished – was also highlighted as a major success.
Mr Di-Finizio said he was thrilled by the positive feedback so soon into the academy’s life.
He said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. We couldn’t have written it better, it is such a positive report. It’s good for the students and for the parents
“There’s still a lot of work to do but I think we now have a springboard with this, coupled with the results. There will always be things that go wrong, but that’s the same at any school.
“Should we get the results predicted, we will surely be one of the most improved schools in the country.”
Talks are continuing behind the scenes on new buildings for the school and Mr Di-Finizio said construction work is expected to start in the new year.