Ofsted inspection leads to rules reminder for pupils at Hampstead School

Head says 'low-level disruption' is being tackled

Friday, 11th March — By Harry Taylor

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Hampstead Secondary School in Westbere Road

A WEST Hampstead secondary school says it has reminded pupils of behaviour rules to tackle issues picked up by Ofsted inspectors.

After a short inspection in October last year, officials said that “pupils’ behaviour in some lessons at Hampstead School does not always support learning”, and added “a few pupils are overly boisterous and not always respectful to each other or visitors”.

Inspectors said the school might struggle to be rated “good” if assessed again without changes.

The school in Westbere’s Road’s wide-ranging curriculum and extra-curricular activity was praised, as was the importance the school placed on reading.

Headteacher Matt Sadler said some behavioural issues could be attributed to the pandemic: “It’s had a huge impact on children and the transition from primary schools to secondary schools has been difficult, so we have tried to support them in that with their emotional health.

“We have new systems in place to monitor behaviour and low-level disruption. We have really clear messages about what is expected in classrooms, corridors and around the school.”

He added: “Sanctions are in place as well. Since October we have seen improvements.”

He added that inspectors’ concerns about the number of pupils who complete sixth-form courses were based on out-of-date information, and the school has improved it with more vocational subjects.

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