Good progress at troubled school

View, The Mandeville School in Aylesbury
View, The Mandeville School in Aylesbury

Mandeville School is making ‘good progress’ on the road to getting out of special measures – but the search for a permanent headteacher continues.

Interim headteacher Richard Woods, who has been with the school for two terms came to the end of his agreed tenure on November 6.

While a new head is found Robert Preston, head at The Misbourne will oversee the school.

The latest special measures monitoring inspection at the school was conducted at the end of October.

It found that ‘the school is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’ but said that the school was not to appoint any newly qualified teachers before the authority’s next visit.

The report read: “Teaching is better than at the last monitoring visit because students are experiencing fewer temporary and nonspecialist teachers.

“There are strengths; for example, in a GCSE English lesson, students applied themselves diligently to their work. The teacher’s planning took careful account of students’ skills, building on them to ensure that all students were able to develop and improve their writing.

“The lesson was illustrative of the department’s success in closing gaps between different groups: boys worked with equal dedication and success to girls.

“The teacher constantly evaluated individual students’ needs and intervened judiciously, so that learning moved on briskly; no time was wasted.”

A statement from Louise Goll, chair of Mandeville School’s interim executive board, said: “Richard Woods, the interim principal at The Mandeville School left the school on Friday, November 6.

“Mr Woods took up the role of interim principal in May 2015 and his temporary but excellent leadership has enabled The Mandeville School to continue to improve.

“He is departing for personal and family reasons, and leaves the school with our grateful thanks and appreciation for his professional commitment and highly effective leadership in his time with us.

“We are very sorry to say goodbye to Mr Woods but wish him every good fortune in the future.

“The interim executive board is in the process of recruiting a substantive principal for the school. We hope to bring this process to a conclusion in the near future.”