Hampstead School’s ‘relentless drive for improvement’ praised by Ofsted

Inspectors have hailed improvements across the board at Hampstead School, which in 2011 saw its best-ever GCSE results for a third successive year. The school is now one of the most improved in the country, with the percentage of good GCSE passes surpassing national expectations.

The school’s latest Ofsted report says: “This is a good school. There has been a relentless drive for improvement since the previous inspection. Achievement is good. Teaching is good. A fifth of lessons seen during the inspection were outstanding.”

Headteacher Jacques Szemalikowski said: “We are one of the first schools in the country to be inspected under the new, much tougher 2012 Ofsted framework. I’m delighted that inspectors have recognised the remarkable progress and transformation of the last few years.”
Alix Coole, Hampstead School chair of governors, said: “The governors are delighted with this excellent report, which is a just reward for all the hard work from both students and staff. The whole school is buzzing with excitement and a determination to do even better.”

Other comments from the inspectors, who rated the school ‘good’ overall, included:

* "Behaviour is good and students agree that the school is a safe place to be. They say the school is ‘a harmonious and welcoming community’."
* "The headteacher and other leaders set high aspirations for achievement and behaviour. They work relentlessly to drive improvement."
* "There has been a rigorous approach to improving attendance, which is currently above average."
* "The sixth form is good."

Councillor Larraine Revah, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said: “This is a really positive report which recognises the hard work and commitment of staff, governors and students, as well as the support of parents. Well done to everyone at Hampstead School.”

To read the full report visit ofsted.gov.uk/reports

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