Storm closes main building at school rated 'good' by Ofsted

A Bridgwater secondary school which had to close its main building after it was deemed "unsafe" last year has been rated 'good' by Ofsted. The Haygrove School, was forced to close its main building following Storm Agnes last September, was rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for leadership and management.

Inspectors were impressed by the school's response to the closure: "At Haygrove School everyone wants the very best for pupils. The school’s unwavering focus on providing pupils with a high-quality education sits behind the decisions that leaders make for everyone to succeed. Even when facing the significant challenge of the main school building being deemed unsafe, this has remained the school’s priority."

The report also praised student behaviour: "‘The Haygrove Way’ exemplifies the high standards the school expects. Pupils respond well to these expectations. They behave well in lessons and during social times."

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Inspectors listed a number of exciting extracurricular activities for pupils, including a Battle of the Bands competition, a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, and a chess club. Meanwhile, the curriculum was described as "broad and ambitious".

While the report was largely positive, the report did note a few areas for improvement: "Sometimes, teaching does not check pupils’ understanding well enough. This means that teachers do not always know where gaps in knowledge exist or when pupils are stuck. The school should ensure that teaching systematically checks learning so that gaps in learning are addressed for all pupils."

Concerns were also raised about student absences: "A minority of pupils do not attend school regularly enough, especially some disadvantaged pupils. These pupils do not benefit from the improved curriculum, which hinders their achievement.

"The school should continue developing its work to support those pupils to attend school more regularly and develop a shared approach for supporting pupils to catch up with lost learning."

Haygrove Headteacher Aaron Reid said: "I am extremely proud of the staff and students at Haygrove. The report captures the many good things about the school and our community.

"We want to provide all our students with the opportunities to become the best versions of themselves. These are young people who are building a strong sense of character, who will go on to contribute positively to society.”

Storm Agnes as it is currently projected to hit the UK at 9am on Wednesday, September 26
The Haygrove School was left 'unsafe' after Storm Agnes last year -Credit:Met Office

Mr Reid continued: "I am grateful for the Governors and Trust leaders who provide constant support to the school. Our school has faced significant challenges in the last year, but our staff, students and wider community have faced them head on and the determination to succeed shone through in this report.”

CEO of the Quantock Education Trust Chrysta Garnett said: “Haygrove is an exceptional school with a real drive to do the very best job at educating the young people in Bridgwater. To overcome the challenges faced by the school in the last year and not falter on their commitment to improving their students’ education is no small feat.

"A huge congratulations to the staff team and students for all of their hard work. Thank you also to the families who have continued to support Haygrove.

She continued: "With a move to a new site hopefully on the horizon, this is just the start of a very exciting time for the school.”

The Haygrove School is a mixed-gender secondary comprehensive with 1083 pupils as of time of inspection. It teaches pupils aged between 11 and 16.