Hatfield school told it ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 10:13 22 March 2017

Onslow St Audrey's headteacher Michael Harpham.

Onslow St Audrey's headteacher Michael Harpham.


A Hatfield headteacher is confident his school can impress Ofsted at its next inspection - after the latest report gave the school an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

Inspectors visited Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield in February and judged it on five areas.

It was graded ‘good’ in two, namely personal development, behaviour and welfare, and the 16-19 study programmes.

The school was told it ‘requires improvement’ when it comes to the effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, along with outcomes for pupils.

In response to the report, headteacher Michael Harpham said: “Even though there is a sense of disappointment with the overall grading, what is clear is that Ofsted recognise we have already implemented robust protocols and these are having a demonstrable impact.

“The goals set by the inspectors are more than achievable and I am confident that by the next inspection, Ofsted will be impressed by improvements at the school across the board.

“It is a testament to everyone working at Onslow St Audrey’s that the inspectors commended the safe, supportive and aspirational environment we have created.

“I am also proud that the inspectors recognised the maturity of our students; they are truly excellent ambassadors for the school.”

Ray Little, acting chairman of governors, added: “The school has made significant progress during a period of considerable change.

“I am confident the steps we have already taken to improve our teaching and learning are already bearing fruit.

“The recruitment of new experienced governors brings a wealth of experience to support us through this key period.

“I am reassured that Ofsted agreed with what we have seen first-hand, that students enjoy attending Onslow St Audrey’s and that it provides them with a great platform from which they can pursue their ambitions.”

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