Ofsted praise progress at Hale School
RISING standards at Hale School in Farnham have been recognised following its latest inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.
The infant and junior school, in Upper Hale Road, rated as ‘ requiring improvement’ in 2015, has now been lifted to a rating of ‘ good’ following an inspection in June.
This is the result of an improvement drive led by head teacher Serena Hemmings, who joined Hale School shortly before its last Ofsted visit.
In their latest report, inspectors said she had ‘ transformed all aspects of the school’ and set a ‘ compelling positive vision for an inclusive school’ which is ‘ shared by all’.
The report notes that pupils make ‘ strong progress and attain well in their learning’, while they ‘ behave well in lessons and around the school’.
Staff were praised for their ‘ lively and interesting teaching’ while governors were said to have made ‘ sensible decisions to secure the long- term future of the school’.
Inspectors highlighted the school’s ‘ strong focus on values ensuring pupils have a keen understanding right and wrong’.
They added that efforts to teach children to accept people from different cultural and religious backgrounds ‘ prepare of pupils well for modern Britain’.
Ms Hemmings said: “This achievement reflects the incredible journey the school has been on. It is the result of a lot of hard work by everyone involved. Hale School today is a school that is ambitious for all children, no matter their starting point, postcode or needs.
“It is a quality school where children can thrive and achieve more than they ever thought possible. It is the school our children deserve.”
Ms Hemmings is to step down for family reasons at the end of August. Ann Wheeler, the school’s current deputy head teacher, will become acting head. life in