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Hove school celebrates improving Ofsted report
A school which saw a huge improvement in exam results has continued the trend in its latest Ofsted report.
Inspectors from the schools watchdog rated Hove Park School as good, a marked improvement on its previous rating of satisfactory.
It caps a remarkable turnaround in fortunes at the school, which was in the top 1% of most improved schools in the country this summer.
The school’s GCSE results rose by 16% on the previous year, with 60% of pupils gaining five GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths.
In the report Hove Park was rated good in every aspect of its inspection.
Achievement New head teacher Derek Trimmer knew that the school was already good, but needed to convince the inspection team that the changes at Hove Park were permanent.
He said: “Everyone in our school community shares the same ambition for our school and that is to put achievement first for all of our students.
“The inspection team were impressed that every parent, student and member of staff knew the target for this summer’s exams and were all pulling to-gether to help us succeed.”
Mr Trimmer was highlighted for praise by inspectors, with them saying “in a relatively short period of time, the head teacher, supported by his senior management team, has been relentless and determined in securing improvements in students’ achievement”.
The biggest impact of |this change was seen in classrooms.
The inspection team |commented on the quality of the lessons that they saw: “The rapid improvement in students’ achievement is a direct result of the transformation in |teaching, which is now good and in some cases outstanding.”
Mr Trimmer has set the school the target of becoming an outstanding school at its next Ofsted.
He added: “In order to get there we will need to be creative and find new ways to support our students to achieve.
“We have already begun the next stage of our Learning Transformation, which will see all of our students accessing the highest quality learning resources from around the world.”
Areas highlighted by the report that could be improved included teachers not |challenging pupils enough for them to gain outstanding achievements and students who do not use their numeracy skills as well as their literacy skills.
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