A school that was ordered to pull its socks up under Ofsted’s notice to improve has now been rated good by the education watchdog.
Hemel Hempstead’s Holtsmere End Junior School has become the first Herts school to move from the low ranking to good under the new Ofsted framework introduced last year, which has made it tougher for schools to do well.
The Shenley Road school was deemed inadequate in February last year when inspectors criticised the standard of teaching and leadership.
Following the report the headteacher resigned. Deputy head Emma McGuigan was appointed acting head teacher and a new senior management team was recruited.
Following the latest visit by Ofsted, inspector Philip Mann said: “The issues from the last inspection focusing around the improvement of teaching and leadership have been addressed successfully with the result that teaching has improved and pupils standards have risen significantly. This is a view shared by many parents.”
He said teaching is now ‘mostly good with some that is outstanding’.
Also celebrating after being classed as good by inspectors is Nash Mills School. It had previously been given a satisfactory rating.
Chair of governors Oliver Shaw said: “This is the first time that Nash Mills C of E School has achieved a good judgement from Ofsted and this represents a significant milestone for our school.”
Proud headteacher Rosie Washford Mower added: “The whole Nash Mills family have always believed that this is a good school. To achieve a good Ofsted judgement under the current framework, schools have to demonstrate that not only are they good, but that there are some features of outstanding practice, too.”
The school hosted an Easter end of term celebration to mark the achievement.