School delighted to make the grade
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.
Heath Farm School head teacher Elizabeth Cornish and deputy head Martyn Hewitt celebrate their Ofsted report