The Clere School making good progress say Ofsted

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A SECONDARY school, which was put in special measures by Ofsted and ordered to improve, has now been told it is making good progress.

The Clere School was visited by inspectors on September 25 and 26 for a second monitoring visit since it was graded “inadequate” in December 2011.

A report, published on October 16, said the school is now making good progress since it was put in special measures, and since its previous monitoring inspection.

In December 2011, the school in Burghclere was told to improve the effectiveness of leadership and management and the quality of teaching.

Since then, Felicity Martin has taken over as interim headteacher, joining the school in March this year.

The report said her vision for the school is “clear and infectious.”

It added: “The senior leadership team is dynamic, accessible and highly visible around the school. Their determination to secure sustainable improvement is shared by staff and students alike.”

Around a quarter of teaching staff has changed since the previous monitoring visit in May, and a deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher joined in September.

The report said: “The proportion of teaching that is good or better has risen discernibly since the last monitoring inspection. Some is outstanding. Only a very small proportion of inadequate teaching remains.”

Inspectors said students are “proud to come to the school” and spoke positively about recent changes.

The report said the local authority and interim executive board (which replaced the board of governors) are now focused on securing the “substantive longer-term leadership of the school at the earliest time possible.”

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