Ofsted calls for school to keep on improving

Ripley mill hill school sign.
Ripley mill hill school sign.
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‘Requires improvement’ was the verdict given by Ofsted inspectors after assessing Ripley’s Mill Hill School – despite noting an increase in good and outstanding teaching.

The report by education watchdogs comes five years on from the Peashill school being judged as ‘inadequate’ and given a ‘notice to improve’.

The inspectors said that sixth formers and pupils receiving free school meals were not reaching the desired attainment.

And achievement in English and maths had not been ‘consistently good enough’ since an assessment in 2011.

But it concluded: “Leaders and managers understand what needs to be done to improve the school.

“There are already appropriate plans in place that are already having an impact on improving teaching.”

The report, produced following October’s inspection, states that attendance is rising and exclusions reducing, students are safe and bullying is rare.

They said a literacy co-ordinator had been appointed and subject leaders had ‘clear targets for improvement’.

A meeting is being held for parents and carers who want to know more about measures put in place at the school on Wednesday, November 20 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Acting headteacher Carey Savage said: “The inspection team conducted a very fair inspection and agreed with our self-evaluation of the school’s overall effectiveness.

“I am pleased they recognised our areas of strength and acknowledged that Mill Hill School is an improving school in which standards are rising.

“We are, however, fully aware of the work that we still have to do and we have already begun making significant changes in the school to secure good outcomes for every student.

“I’d like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support.”