The principal of Holbrook Academy has welcomed the news that the school has been taken out of special measures.

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Holbrook was placed in special measures in March 2012 after an inspection found significant weaknesses in the areas of pupils’ achievement and behaviour, the quality of teaching and the general leadership and management of the school.

In November last year Ofsted inspected the school again and they have now lifted it out of the bottom grade and rated it “requires improvement”.

In the report they said that the new principal, staff, governors and parents have a clear vision for the future and a strong determination to continue the improvement work.

Principal Dr Simon Letman said previously the school leadership had “lost sight of the fact that what matters most is the quality of what happens in classrooms”.

He added that the Ofsted report was “just the end of the beginning” and said Holbrook was aiming to become an “outstanding” school in two years’ time.

Dr Letman, a former head in the independent sector, said that schools outside local authority control like Holbrook “now had the freedom to be a lot more creative and innovative with the curriculum” and were able to make “key decisions affecting children’s learning which had an impact at local level”.

The academy now has ambitious plans to extend the school day, allowing more time for the teaching of core skills like literacy and numeracy and for clubs and societies to enrich the curriculum.

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