Ofsted published a report on 17 November announcing that Noel-Baker Secondary school in Alvaston, Derby is rated as inadequate, following its inspection on 4-5 October 2016.Whilst staff and governors are very disappointed with Noel-Baker’s recent Ofsted report, decisive changes to the school’s leadership and governance structures since the inspection have already seen changes implemented. Debbie Gerring, the newly appointed Executive Headteacher, along with the staff team and governors are already working hard to improve the school.

Debbie Gerring, Executive Headteacher at Noel-Baker School said:

Together we are determined to improve our school. Only the very best will be good enough for our students as we move Noel-Baker School forwards. The staff team and governors are committed to this position as we move, with high aspiration, towards excellence for all. The school is due to convert to academy status with the L.E.A.D Academy Trust in the new year. As a result, L.E.A.D are actively involved in supporting the school from this point onwards. Our students have already responded positively to the changes made. We will work in partnership to make Noel-Baker’s provision the best it can possibly be for all of our fantastic students and their families. I am determined that we move at pace, together, towards ensuring Noel-Baker becomes the good school the local community deserves.

A robust improvement plan is in place and actions are already under way to raise standards in key areas identified in the Ofsted report such as safeguarding, engagement with parents pupil attendance and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

A Derby City Council spokesperson said:

We are disappointed to learn that, following an Ofsted Inspection, Noel Baker school has been placed in Special Measures. Our ambition is for all young people to receive a quality education. We are continuing to work closely with Noel Baker school to support their efforts to improve standards and deliver the best outcomes for their students. We expect that they will share their improvement plans with parents and carers in the near future.

Debbie Gerring has been praised by Ofsted inspectors as an “exceptional leader” with a reputation for working closely with senior staff, governors and parents, to effectively tackle the issues identified by Ofsted inspections. Ms Gerring previously turned an Ilkeston school around completely in just under three years, which had gone from needing special measures to being rated “outstanding” by Government inspectors.