School makes good progress
A school which was failing to provide an adequate education to all of its pupils is now making good progress.
Humphrey Perkins High School, in Barrow-upon-Soar, has been told by Ofsted that positive changes are taking place at the 912-student secondary.
The school was given a notice to improve in February after the watchdog said the quality of lessons was variable and significant improvement was needed in relation to behaviour.
Now inspectors, whose latest monitoring visit was at the end of September, said that attainment was well above average across all subjects and improvements to teaching and learning meant that every pupil had made progress.
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Head teacher Peter Nutkins, who has led the school for the past two years, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. This is testament to the hard work of all staff and it's wonderful to see that now bearing fruit."
Inspectors said in their latest report that teachers now used rigorous intervention programmes to ensure all those who needed extra support received it.
They said marking was better and teachers now gave clear advice on how pupils could improve their work.
Inspectors, who carried out their latest inspection under rigorous new Ofsted guidelines and did not warn the school of their visit, praised Mr Nutkins for "very effective leadership", and for his clear vision.
Mr Nutkins said the school had a new, exciting curriculum and that pupils were "responding very well" to it.
To further help learning, all year seven pupils this September received iPads to use in the classroom.
The school also introduced a new school uniform for year seven pupils this academic year, although Mr Nutkins said over half of the other pupils had also chosen to wear it.
A black blazer with tie has replaced the school's old sweater.
"It's been very well received," said Mr Nutkins.
He added that he was confident the school would have its notice to improve withdrawn following its next inspection.
Pupil Josephine Kirby, 13, from Barrow, said: "I really enjoy coming here. I like the way staff consult with us over any changes, including the new school uniform. It feels a lot smarter than it did before."
Fellow pupil Lydia Gunby, 13, from Rothley, said: "The teachers here are very friendly and I feel like I can ask them anything."
Humphrey Perkins became an academy in January, meaning it left local authority control and is now in control of its own finances.
In June, it was granted permission to take pupils from 11 to 16. Previously, it could only take pupils up to 14 years.