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Ofsted grade The Clere as "good"
IT’S an amazing turnaround – a school that was put in “special measures” and branded “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors has now been graded as “good” by the education watchdogs.
The Clere School, in Burghclere, has transformed from a failing school to one that is clearly on the up – but the impressive transformation is still not enough for inspirational headteacher Felicity Martin, who now has her sights set on it achieving “outstanding” status.
She said: “We are very unusual because we have gone from ‘special measures’ to ‘good’ in four visits. I know that’s unusual. I think we have done exceptionally well, and I am delighted.
“The children are magnificent and they are keen for their school to be seen as good. But we are aiming for ‘outstanding’ in 20 weeks.
“There was so much in the report that was so positive that I believe that we can swiftly be an ‘outstanding’ school. I can tell that the raw material is here and we can quickly go to ‘outstanding’. “I have recruited some brilliant teachers and it’s already making a difference.”
Inspectors visited The Clere School on July 10 and 11, and in their report, published this month, they said: “Students’ achievement has improved considerably. Overall, attainment is above the national average and rising throughout the school.”
Teaching at the 571-pupil school was graded as “good” overall with some “outstanding”. Inspectors graded all areas as “good”, including the achievement of pupils and the leadership and management. The report described Mrs Martin as “inspirational”, adding: “Staff are dedicated and enthusiastic.
Together, they have transformed the school since the previous inspection. The local authority (Hampshire County Council) has also helped the school to improve the capacity of leaders and the quality of teaching.”
The school is not yet “outstanding” for several reasons, including because not enough students make rapid progress in their learning.
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