School de­lighted to make the grade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? -

A SCHOOL is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter im­prov­ing grades fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion. Heath Farm School, Char­ing Heath, has gained the sec­ond high­est grade of “good” in all mark­ing cat­e­gories when it was pre­vi­ously over­all seen as “sat­is­fac­tory”. The Of­sted re­port said: “The over­all qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion has im­proved strongly since the last in­spec­tion.” Deputy head Mar­tyn He­witt said: “We are de­lighted and this shows we are on an up­ward curve. It demon­strates that the school is de­ter­mined to move for­ward.” The in­de­pen­dent spe­cial school, which teaches five to 16-year-olds with emo­tional and be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties, has gained the sec­ond grade in all seven sub-cat­e­gories cov­er­ing qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, cur­ricu­lum; teach­ing; pupil progress, pupil be­hav­iour, wel­fare and health and safety, and spir­i­tual, moral, so­cial and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment. The pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion, which classed the school as sat­is­fac­tory, was in 2006. The Of­sted re­port said: “Heath Farm School is a good school, which meets its aims be­cause of its good teach­ing, and highly rel­e­vant cur­ricu­lum. “The school makes an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to stu­dents’ per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and their will­ing­ness to learn.” Of­sted marks schools un­der four grades of out­stand­ing, good, sat­is­fac­tory and un­sat­is­fac­tory.

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Heath Farm School head teacher El­iz­a­beth Cor­nish and deputy head Mar­tyn He­witt cel­e­brate their Of­sted re­port

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