Of­sted praise progress at Hale School

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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

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