Improve - school told

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A SCHOOL has been given notice to improve after inspectors found ‘inadequate’ student achievement.

Ofsted’s report said Highfields School in Matlock – which has 1,367 pupils – needed “significant improvement” so students can progress better in all subjects.

It also called for a broadening of the curriculum to meet the needs of all.

But the inspectors said the new headteacher Eddie Wilkes and a strong plan of action means the Upper Lumsdale secondary school is on the right track for improvement.

They acknowledged “robust action” taken by him and the senior team to improve the quality of education and the “good” progress and “above average” results in the school’s sixth form.

Mr Wilkes - who took over in April - said: “We’re obviously disappointed to be given a notice to improve. We’re absolutely clear about what needs to be done and that the inspectors recognise our ability to improve and drive up standards.

“We are vigorously tracking the progress of all our students and expect each of them to make better progress and achieve even better results.

“Staff and governors are all committed to continue making the changes necessary to ensure Matlock and the surrounding area has an outstanding school.”

Other strengths include:

• satisfactory and good or better teaching - with no inadequate lessons

• satisfactory student attainment - slightly improved since last year

• good pupil behaviour, good attendance and a good climate for learning

• good community links and above-average levels of parental satisfaction.

The inspectors also report that pupils feel safe and enjoy going to school.

“Our advisors are working closely with the school and decisive, swift and positive action will secure the necessary improvements as quickly as possible.”