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Regents Park school falls to special measures in Ofsted report
Change is already well under way at a Southampton school that was placed in special measures after a critical Ofsted report.
Regents Park secondary school had been ranked as good prior to the inspection which criticised pupil behaviour and quality of teaching.
But following a change at the top, with former deputy head Jonty Archibald moving up to become headteacher under Susan Trigger as executive headteacher, staff and students have risen to the challenge of turning the school around.
This week has seen the introduction of a new timetable and the reforming of year groups. Tutor time has also been moved to the start of the day to better prepare pupils and keep in touch with their news.
Mr Archibald said the school was determined to lift itself out of special measures in the quickest time possible.
“We have had some emails and letters from a lot of parents telling us of their surprise at the latest inspection. They simply say that what the inspectors saw was not what they see day-in day-out at Regent’s Park, and I have to agree with them.
“We have to take what was said in the report and in some ways it has made us look at what we do and how we do it so we have stripped back, gone back to basics. We know we have got a terrific school here we perhaps just didn’t shine when the inspection was under way.”
He added that the quality of lessons was also being more robustly monitored but that according to their own data teaching was of a high standard.
Susan Trigger, headteacher of Bitterne Park school who has come in as executive head said an action plan had been drawn up and was being implemented “From the assemblies I have taken and what I have seen and heard the pupils and staff are right behind getting this school out of special measures and we are aiming to do it in the fastest possible time, within 18 months.
“The school has got the difficult things right in my opinion, in terms of attendance levels and excellent GCSE results so we are confident the rest can be turned around.”
An interim governing body has also been installed with more expertise being brought onto the board.
The school will now be subject to a more rigorous monitoring with a series of “healthchecks” by Ofsted.
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