Headteacher ‘very proud’ after Ofsted highlights ‘outstanding’ practice

Year 7 pupils with sixth formers and headteacher Graham Cunningham, right, at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead after receiving a 'good' Ofsted. They are pictured in front of the new school buildings under construction.
Year 7 pupils with sixth formers and headteacher Graham Cunningham, right, at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead after receiving a 'good' Ofsted. They are pictured in front of the new school buildings under construction.
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A headteacher and his staff are celebrating after the recent Ofsted report highlighted some areas of ‘outstanding’ practice.

Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, which became an academy in 2011, was graded ‘Good’ across the board by the education watchdog in a report published this month.

Headteacher Graham Cunningham, who has been at the helm since 2012, said: “This report confirms we have moved forward since our last inspection two years ago, and it is testament to the hard work from our staff, pupils, parents and governors. I am very proud.”

The report praised the school for ‘effective teaching across the academy’, pupils’ progress in maths and English plus an ‘outstanding’ commitment to students’ welfare.

Challenges noted were raising levels of students’ literacy skills and the results fallout following an unsettled staffing period in science – which has now stablised.

To make the ‘outstanding’ grade, inspectors says one of the things the school must concentrate on is embedding Key Stage 3 students’ literacy skills and fostering an attitude of ‘reading for pleasure’.

But things can only get better for the school in Rumballs Road, Hemel Hempstead, when its new buildings open next autumn.

The site was chosen as one of six in Dacorum to benefit from the government’s multi-million pound Priority School Building Programme.

Visit the school website here to read the full report.