Hadden Park High School plunged into special measures by damning report
A BILBOROUGH school has been branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors.
In a damning report, Hadden Park High School was criticised for a number of weaknesses.
It blamed teaching for pupils' lack of progress and said the school didn't work with parents to tackle low attendance.
The rating, after a visit in October, is the worst possible outcome for the school and means it will be plunged into special measures.
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It comes days after figures from Ofsted revealed the number of schools being judged outstanding or good in Nottingham was rising.
The school had previously received a satisfactory rating but this year Ofsted has introduced much tougher inspections.
In her report, which has just been made public, lead inspector Liz Talmadge expressed concern.
She said: "By the end of Key Stage 4, many students have not made progress at the rate needed to attain five good GCSE grades, including English and mathematics."
However she added: "Things are beginning to improve. There has been a gradual rise in results at Key Stage 4 over recent years and the gap with the national average is slowly closing."
Between 2008 and 2011 the school's percentage of students achieving the benchmark of five GCSE grades between A* and C including English and maths rose from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.
The report also noted that the quality of teaching in the school was improving but needed to continue to do so.
The report said: "Most students are aware of the targets that they are aiming for in most subjects but they do not always know what they need to do to reach them. Marking is inconsistent in quality."
Ms Talmadge said though attendance rates were improving, they were still too low, which disrupted students who do attend classes when they should.
Behaviour has also improved, but pupils told inspectors they were aware of bullying incidents and racist language being used.
The report added that pupils were confident the school could act appropriately when incidents happen.
The school will now be subject to more frequent inspections.
Parent Becky Humber, whose children Bradley, 13, and Leah, 11, both attend Hadden Park, felt the rating was harsh.
She said: "In my experience, the school is doing well.
"Bradley is doing well and is moving up to higher sets. Leah has autism and I believe the school is really helping her.
"I don't believe reports like this help schools. They show them in negative light, which I don't agree with."
No-one from the school was available for comment.
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