“Clear and compelling vision” key to positive Ofsted report for The Hart
School, Rugeley

 

Students from Rugeley, Cannock and Lichfield benefit from strong relationships
with inspirational teaching staff
A Staffordshire school is celebrating after Ofsted inspectors rated it “good” and
praised its “clear and compelling vision” to provide “excellent education at the
heart of its community”. The Hart School in Rugeley was last inspected in 2013
when it was known as Fair Oak Academy. It later merged with nearby Hagley
Park to create The Hart School with Chris Keen being appointed as its new
principal.
Following the latest inspection, which took place earlier this month, Ofsted
inspectors have praised Mr Keen’s “strong leadership”, highlighted how teaching
had been “strengthened” in the last two years, and the quality of the education
provided “overhauled” since its last visit, particularly in the Sixth Form.
The Ofsted report states: “The new headteacher has extensive experience. He
provides very good leadership and management. He was appointed after the
last inspection, following a period of turbulence, and has overseen the
amalgamation of Fair Oak and Hagley Park schools. He has established a clear
and compelling vision for a single school providing excellent education at the
heart of its community.
“He is well supported by a hardworking group of senior leaders who have
introduced higher expectations of pupil behaviour, the quality of teaching and
learning, and the progress made by pupils. Together with staff and governors,
they have overhauled the quality of education provided by the school.”
The report’s publication comes as the school, which is part of Creative
Education Trust and attracts pupils from neighbouring Cannock and Lichfield as
well as Rugeley, is progressing plans to merge its two school sites onto a single
site in Penkridge Bank Road from September.
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The move will allow a raft of improvements to be made at the lower school site
to create better social and teaching spaces, including transforming the large,
redundant swimming pool area.
Uniting pupils on one site will allow the school to build further on its good Ofsted
rating, which came after five experienced inspectors spent two days in The Hart
School.
Their joint Ofsted report also goes on to state: “Teaching has been strengthened
in the last two years following significant changes to teaching and other staff.
The sixth form is well led. It has improved since the last inspection and provides
a good quality of education. Sixth form students work hard and are taught very
well.
“New subject leaders are working with teachers in mathematics, science and
English to ensure that pupils’ progress accelerates rapidly towards expected
levels. Wide extra-curricular opportunities extend pupils’ horizons. The school is
a tolerant and welcoming community, which prepares pupils well for life after
school.”
Welcoming the inspectors’ report, Principal Chris Keen said: “Ofsted inspections
involve all members of the school community and are a ‘warts and all’ appraisal
of progress. It’s gratifying that the enormous efforts made by students, parents,
teaching staff, the support team and the leadership group, under the guidance of
Creative Education Trust, have been recognised in this overwhelmingly positive
assessment.
“Ofsted made several helpful suggestions regarding areas of further
improvement, particularly in the areas of addressing any shortfalls in student’s
knowledge and understanding and setting homework consistently. Ofsted also
welcomed the school’s move to a single site, observing that it will enable older
children to make a greater contribution to the wider life of the school.”
Marc Jordan, Chief Executive of Creative Education Trust, a charity and multiacademy
trust, said: “Chris Keen and his team have worked incredibly hard to
create an achievement-focused and creative environment. Through strong
leadership, and making sure the vision is understood, significant change is being
managed successfully.”
The full Ofsted report can be viewed at www.hartschool.org.uk

 

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