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School on the Right Track

The behaviour of students was praised and among one of the improvements recognised by Ofsted inspectors during our recent Ofsted inspection (17th – 18th September 2014).

Newland School for Girls was judged ‘good’ for behaviour and safety of pupils while there was also praise for Headteacher, Vicky Callaghan, in post less than a year.

She said the report, published 9th October 2014, provided clear evidence that Newland School for Girls was on the right track.

“Overall, they judged the school continues to require improvement, agreeing with our own assessment and their previous report in 2012,” said Ms Callaghan, who was appointed in January 2014.

“But the inspectors have placed great emphasis on the improvements that have been made and the support from staff and students to change.”

Inspectors said Newland had a number of strengths.

“Students display highly positive attitudes to learning and are positive about their school experiences,” inspectors noted.

The new school uniform was worn with pride.

 “Good manners abound! The girls are courteous, offer warm greetings and confidently engage in conversation.”

The report continues: “Students’ good behaviour and highly positive attitudes to learning are underpinned by good promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.”

“Students feel safe and are kept safe.  Attendance is above average and is rising.  Punctuality is rapidly improving.”

The majority of parents who had responded said behaviour was well managed and had “improved considerably” since the new Headteacher had arrived.

As for the quality of teaching, leaders have “taken steps to raise expectations of what students are capable of achieving”.

The enrichment of the curriculum was “exceptional” and students who spoke English as an additional language “achieved well”.

The local authority had “provided support and advice to help the school improve at a faster rate.”

“The new Headteacher is driving improvement forward strongly,” their report says. “Both students and staff overwhelmingly say the school has improved.”

Ms Callaghan had quickly understood the school’s strengths, pinpointed the right improvement priorities and established plans to tackle them robustly.

Inspectors observed: “Effective leadership of teaching, including by middle managers, is quickly improving the quality of teaching.

“More students are making good progress across the school.”

Inspectors also noted the “effective” additional support given to students with below average attainment in reading and mathematics when they joined the school in Year 7.

Ms Callaghan said: “We recognise there is much to do.  I have a committed team that is working hard to ensure our students get the best education possible.”

To read the full report for our school, please click here.

For more information from OfSTED about our school please go to ofsted.gov.uk.