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Hethersett Academy told more work needs to be done to combat behaviour problems in snap Ofsted visit

Gareth Stevens, executive principal of Hethersett Academy

Gareth Stevens, executive principal of Hethersett Academy

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Ofsted inspectors have said that work needs to be done to improve behaviour at a Norfolk academy, after a complaint over the issue prompted a snap visit.

In a letter to parents, Hethersett Academy principal Gareth Stevens said that a complaint was made to the education watchdog regarding behaviour at the academy in December 2013.

It prompted an investigation, which included a visit by an inspector earlier this month.

Mr Stevens wrote that the report, which has not yet been published online, “concluded that more work needs to be done to reduce low-level disruption in lessons”, although it did note that there had been a “recent tightening of the rules around behaviour and other measures to improve behaviour at the school”.

The principal said that the academy, on Queen’s Road, had conducted a behaviour audit in July this year, where behaviour rules were “clarified and sharpened”.

“We recognise that more needs to be done to improve behaviour at the school. The report noted that strategies were now in place, however these strategies need imbedding by all members of staff,” he added.

But inspectors felt that it was too soon to measure the impact of the changes.

Mr Stevens said that the school and Trust were now implementing the revised behavioural rules, which include a rewards system to encourage good behaviour.

The system will see students able to earn vouchers to exchange for items of school equipment and food from the canteen.

The inspection is the first since the school converted to academy status on November 1.

Its previous report in March 2013 as Hethersett High School saw it put into special measures because of an inability to provide an “acceptable level of education”.

In the letter, Mr Stevens also revealed that a Department of Education analysis of this year’s GCSE results put the academy in the top 29pc of schools and academies across England.

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8 comments

  • This is so stupid i go to hethersett academy... I hate it there...a girl went on my Insagram and delted things and. Changed password was a cow me ... loads of stuff she got no punishment ahah yes great thanks for looking out for us....you can't espect no low leval "disruption" were kids not slaves or monkys .were KIDS! K

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    millie cubitt

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • perhaps the queen should take some knighthoods away this new years instead

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I say, I rather think you are all missing the point of the academy programme under David Cameron's Govt, that is to say it is a get-rich-quick scheme for Conservative Party cronies and donors, and on that measure these schools are performing admirably. In Norfolk alone, some £100 million of land and property has been trousered by academy sponsors for free, not to mention the vast sums paid out of school funds to connected parties for 'procurement of services' and the like. Although there might appear to be a conflict of interest, making the legality of such contracts questionable, in the absence of any form of financial regulation of academies this is not an issue. Merry Christmas.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Oh, so THAT'S why she's barely mentioned Hethersett of late. Gareth will have fallen out of favour as chief puppet now. If Hethersett has behaviour problems, I dread to think what he's implemented for middle class, rural pupils. Maybe they're misbehaving because they do not respect their Principal?

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    Sceptic Wound

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I see the puppet head is still using the publicity photo with the DeSouzaGove picture in the background. That's a clear example of a behaviour problem if ever I saw one. In fact if you look hard enough you may even spot Truss in disguise holding two plane tickets to China.

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    TheTruth

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Executive principal of fiddling little school like Hethersett what a joke these academy trusts are. What they need is a decent headteacher with proper expectations of good manners and good behaviour and the patience and strength of will to support all staff in implementing measures to ensure their expectations are met.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I too am left wondering what on earth could be causing behaviour problems at Hethersett, unless I am missing pockets of rural deprivation and dysfunctional families relocated to rural areas. What are the parents making of the fact that their kids are guilty of low level disruption in class? Are they spoiled little swine or are members of the school management team failing to support their class teachers? Academies would do better to focus on behaviour, good manners and application to studies than their usual big show of fuss about fancy uniforms.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Funny how Dame DeSouza has gone sooooooo quiet recently.....now another of her 7 schools is failing to shine. If she can't sort out Hethersett how on earth will she cope with tougher places?

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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