‘Tight­en­ing up’ sys­tems helps school to im­prove

Of­sted praises Barn­hill’s ef­forts to re­verse a ‘down­ward’ turn

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A SEC­ONDARY school in Hayes is de­lighted af­ter staff were praised by Of­sted for re­vers­ing a “down­ward trend” in exam re­sults.

Barn­hill Com­mu­nity High School in Yead­ing Lane re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced a 20 per cent drop in the num­ber of stu­dents achiev­ing five or more top grade GCSEs.

But af­ter a new ex­ec­u­tive head teacher took over in Septem­ber 2015 both the pupils’ per­for­mance and qual­ity of teach­ing have im­proved, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Of­sted re­port.

Tracey Hem­ming, who runs The Barn­hill Part­ner­ship Trust, said: “I and the team of ex­cel­lent teach­ers and lead­ers have been work­ing hard to im­prove many as­pects of the school’s per­for­mance.

“Barn­hill is a great school, with de­light­ful and char­ac­ter­ful stu­dents, how­ever the sys­tems and stan­dards of the school were ready for tight­en­ing up and re-think­ing.”

In 2013, the num­ber of stu­dents achiev­ing five A* to C grade GCSEs, in­clud­ing maths and English, was at 61% – slightly higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 60.6%.

But this fell dra­mat­i­cally to 43% in 2014, and 44% in 2015.

The school was in­spected by the ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog Of­sted in Septem­ber, and of­fi­cials high­lighted an im­prove­ment at the school.

A let­ter to Ms Hem­ming from the in­spec­tor said: “Fol­low­ing your ap­point­ment in Septem­ber 2015 you took prompt and ef­fec­tive ac­tion to re­verse an emerg­ing down­ward trend in the school’s per­for­mance.

“This has im­proved pupils’ per­for­mance and se­cured a good qual­ity of teach­ing, learn­ing and as­sess­ment.

“There is a more pur­pose­ful and ef­fec­tive cul­ture for learn­ing that pupils and staff recog­nise and ap­pre­ci­ate.

“You have changed the struc­ture of the cur­ricu­lum so that it now al­lows all pupils to suc­ceed.”

The let­ter added that staff should now work to re­duce the num­ber of ex­clu­sions from the school.

Pro­vi­sional data for 2016 shows ex­ams re­sults for the school have im­proved, as stu­dents achiev­ing C grade or higher in English and maths GCSE has in­creased to 51% from 45% last year.

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