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Greenacre School’s Access to Success praised by Ofsted

Date: 05/02/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Greenacre School is a good and improving school, according to its latest Ofsted report. Inspectors found that all staff are committed to the school’s goal of Access to Success, and are working hard to achieve this for all students. You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school, on Walderslade Road, Chatham, at 10am on Tuesday 26 February to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 996 pupils aged 11 to 18 years old. The report opens with the following quote from a parent: “Since my son has been at Greenacre he has made good progress. He enjoys lessons and the after-school clubs, and much of this is due to the good teaching and learning at the school.” Students join the school with levels of attainment well below average, the report states. But by the time they leave, standards are in line with national targets for five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. “This represents good progress,” the inspectors conclude. The good achievement of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is described as a strength of the school. Greenacre is a specialist sports college, with a second specialism in ICT. This status makes a considerable contribution to the whole school and the local community, including an emphasis on the importance of discipline and teamwork. Students enjoy being in the sixth form, inspectors found, and have positive attitudes to work. Sixth formers make a good contribution to the life of the school by, for example, acting as Study Buddies to younger students. The report also praises the good leadership and management provided by headteacher Andrew Reese and the school’s senior leadership group, who in turn are supported by middle managers who have responsibility for improvement. Mr Reese said: “This is a fair assessment of the school’s achievements and progress, which recognises how successful our Access to Success vision has been and will continue to be. Students not only succeed in their studies, but also enjoy their time here, and that’s something to be proud of.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Congratulations to Greenacre School on a good Ofsted report. The school is obviously popular and serving its pupils well. "The specialist status of Greenacre is very important in this. It is guiding the school's studies and activities and clearly motivates everybody. For me, it illustrates how specialist status for all our secondaries in Medway is the way forward." Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson added: “I'm delighted that the Ofsted team have recognised and celebrated the wealth of opportunities students have at Greenacre to achieve and realise their ambitions. The headteacher and his staff team provide great support and motivation to all the students at the school.”