Chesterfield school 'committed' to making improvements after Ofsted brands it inadequate

A Chesterfield school has insisted it is ‘determined’ to address concerns – after education watchdogs branded it inadequate.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 11:16 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 12:51 pm

In a report published today, Ofsted ordered Hasland Hall Community School to make a number of improvements – and said it was of the opinion that it requires special measures.

According to the report, the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, and leadership and management at Hasland Hall are inadequate, while personal development requires improvement.

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Hasland Hall Community School.

Steve Edmonds, acting headteacher, said in a letter to parents: “While deeply disappointed with Ofsted’s judgement, we recognise that the school must change and improve.

“We are determined to address all areas of concern identified in the report.

“Since the inspection an action plan has been developed, many aspects of which were included in our 2019-20 school improvement plan.

“We continue to work closely with the local authority in order to bring about effective change.

“Due to the outcome of the Ofsted report an academy order will be issued – this means the school will work in partnership with the sponsoring multi-academy trust while plans for its future are finalised.”

He added: “We wish to assure you that we are completely committed and motivated to continue to bring about improvements so that everyone can have confidence in the school.

“At this time of change, uncertainty and public challenge we would ask you to give your full support to the school.”

The report said Ofsted inspected the school on Broomfield Avenue, Hasland, last October after it received a number of complaints which raised ‘serious concerns’.

According to the report: “Some pupils do not feel safe at school.

“Too often, pupils are disruptive, uncooperative and disrespectful.

“The behaviour of some pupils disturbs others’ learning.

“On some occasions, teachers do not deal with challenging and disruptive behaviour.

“The quality of education is not good enough.

“Some subject leaders have developed curriculum plans that help pupils deepen their knowledge and understanding.

“However, many subject areas do not have plans which set out what pupils should learn and when they should learn it.”

A meeting for parents will take place at the school at 7pm on February 11.