Holbrook: Academy is making progress - Ofsted

Holbrook

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A high school put into special measures following a damning Ofsted inspection is making “good” progress and can now appoint newly-qualified teachers.

Holbrook Academy was placed in special measures in February 2012, but had its fourth monitoring inspection late last month. The report has now been published.

Inspector Elaine Taylor said the restructuring of the leadership of the academy had provided “clear lines of accountability, good communication and greater clarity of vision” and had led to “good” progress.

Acting chair of governors, Tim Fenton, said everyone at the school was “very pleased”.

He said: “It reflects a lot of the hard work on behalf of a lot of different people.

“I was particularly pleased that the inspector picked up on the efforts we have made to give pupils more say in the running of the school – an opportunity they have grasped with both hands and they are making a real difference.

“I think there is reason to be optimistic that the next inspection, could see us leave special measures and that will be next term or in the spring.”

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The academy is undergoing a major building refurbishment programme and a £60,000 upgrade to its IT systems.

Earlier this year it appointed Dr Simon Letman, who is currently headmaster of Saint Felix School in Southwold, as its new principal from September.

He will replace interim headteacher Philip O’Hear, who leaves at the end of the current school year.

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