New headteacher to meet all Year 11 students in his school in bid to boost grades

Springwood High School Headteacher Andy Johnson. Picture: Ian Burt

Springwood High School Headteacher Andy Johnson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The new executive headteacher of a school in special measures has promised to meet every student sitting GCSE exams next year in a bid to boost their grades.

Andy Johnson said he would meet all Year 11 pupils at St Clement's High School at Terrington St Clement and their parents to talk about what they need to focus on before their exams at the end of the school year.

As a result of the meeting, each child will get a personalised intervention plan outlining what they need to do to achieve their target grades and what help they will receive.

Mr Johnson said Year 11 attainment was the most important area to target in the school's improvement plan after it was judged to be failing by Ofsted earlier this year.

'The urgent need is to support the Year 11s to get the best results they can,' he said.


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'As a result we will be meeting every single Year 11 pupil and their parents so we have a clear picture of where every child is at.

'We will then have an intervention plan personalised to each child to ensure they have got the best chance. It is about delivery for the young people.'

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In its inspection earlier this year, Ofsted said it was concerned at the proportion of students gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

In a monitoring inspection earlier this month, inspector Adrian Lyons said bad teaching had largely been eliminated and that data showed students' progress had improved.

However he said: 'The history of underachievement has left students with significant gaps in their learning in some subjects.

'Even where inadequate teaching in the past has been replaced by good teaching now, in several subjects students lack the building blocks so they are unable to achieve as well as might be expected.'

Mr Johnson said he wanted to make sure Year 11 pupils maximise their results and move on with the best grades possible.

He said there had been some progress at St Clement's after inspectors praised the arrival of interim headteacher John Robson as 'transformational'.

However Mr Robson will leave his temporary role in December, leaving Mr Johnson – who is also headteacher of Springwood High School in King's Lynn – to take overall charge of both schools.

What do you think about the executive headteacher's plan to meet every pupil sitting exams next year? Write to: The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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