The headteacher, staff and governors at a major Huddersfield secondary school are moving forward successfully after a disappointing Ofsted report.

Following a monitoring visit just before the end of summer term at Newsome High School and Sports College, Ofsted inspectors have said that leaders are taking effective action to turn things around.

The inspectors viewed a number of English and maths lessons, made a tour of the school and spoke informally to students.

Their visit followed a spring inspection at which the school was rated as Requires Improvement.

Ofsted criticised the students’ lack of progress in English and maths. They also criticised the behaviour of a small number of pupils and said that leaders and governors needed to monitor the school’s progress more carefully against national standards.

Following the latest visit to the 600-pupil school, Ofsted said: “Governors, the headteacher (Paul Gittins) and senior leaders have responded swiftly and positively to the recommendations of the last inspection.

“The post-Ofsted action plan builds on work that was already underway and focuses clearly on the areas for improvement with appropriate actions and milestones.

Paul Gittins, Headteacher of Newsome High School and Sports College.
Paul Gittins, Headteacher of Newsome High School and Sports College.
 

“The headteacher has spearheaded immediate action to counter low level disruption in classrooms. This included assemblies that reinforced the school’s standards and expectations to all students.”

Teachers were undergoing further training and governors were taking a more active role in the monitoring of the school since the inspection.

The report added: “The school should take further action to: Ensure that all teachers set high levels of challenge for students, particularly the most able; and effectively implement the improved systems to measure students’ progress so that teachers can act quickly to support students’ learning.

The next step will be another monitoring visit.