The Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury reports that a Weston secondary school, shamed as one of the country’s worst last year, has been praised by inspectors for its ‘remarkable improvements’.
Hans Price Academy, formerly Wyvern Community School, is predicted to double its GCSE pass rate this summer, barely a year after adopting academy status.
Headteacher Armando Di-Finizio said he was ‘over the moon’ with the praise from Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school at the end of June and questioned members of the public on the school’s perception in the town.
The school, which was the first to become an academy in Weston, was ranked as the 13th lowest performing in the country last year for its ‘inadequate’ 23 per cent A*-C GCSE pass rate, including English and maths.
Concerns over its performance saw inspectors review the school’s performance at the end of June. Government legislation ensures all new academies are reviewed within the first 18 months.
The report, published this week, said: “Although a high proportion of the students started year seven with skills that were below national expectations, achievement has been ‘inadequate’.
“(But) current academy predictions, based on examinations and modules results, indicate standards at the end of year 11 have made a remarkable improvement.”
The report also praises the improved teaching standards and the accelerated progress of learning among students.