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Highcrest makes cracking progress

CRACKING progress being made by Highcrest Community School in High Wycombe is being reported to the education secretary by its schools inspector.

The school has had termly visits from the same inspector since it was forced to close as Hatters Lane School as a result of poor performance.

It reopened last year as Highcrest Community School under the Government's Fresh Start scheme, with a new head and new staff.

If the school goes on getting good reports until September it will revert to the normal practice of having Ofsted inspectors' visits once every three years.

The inspector told head teacher Sheena Moynihan his visits to the schools provided good evidence of what a Fresh Start school could achieve.

Ofsted condemned Hatters Lane School for poor teaching, poor achievements and behaviour of pupils. In the latest report, after a visit earlier this month, the inspector says it is a genuine pleasure to visit Highcrest.

The report showed that leadership is good and all teaching is sound or better, with teaching in 70 per cent of lessons good or very good.

He added that the school and children work well together to achieve good standards and the school continues to make good progress.

On Tuesday students at the school are being asked to pick the right people to colonise an uninhabited planet and to make oil platforms from drinking straws and pins for an industry day.

The day will see people coming in from local workplaces to talk to Year Nine students.

There will be a quiz and some practical tasks, as well as discussions about leadership, management and team work.

Planet Zargon is to be transformed into a new place for people to live, and the Highcrest students will have to decide whether a TV star will be more use than a historian, or that a Rabbi is preferable to an Olympic athlete, a police woman, a councillor or a journalist.

Later they will be given a packet of straws to make an oil rig capable of carrying a brick.

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