Key stage 3 strategy pilot

The pilot began in April 2000 and ran until this March, involving 205 secondary schools in 17 authorities: Barking and Dagenham, Brighton and Hove, the City of Bristol, Cheshire, Gateshead, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, North Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Reading, Salford, Solihull, Staffordshire, Tower Hamlets, the City of Wakefield and the City of York.

In February Ofsted reported that the strategy "is beginning to make a difference to the teaching in the pilot schools. Improvements in teaching over the year were substantial in nearly a third of the schools visited, sound in over half and minimal in the remainder. There were positive effects on pupils' attainment but these were not comprehensive or consistent, especially in relation to those pupils achieving below the expected level when they join secondary school."

Hengrove School

11-18 comprehensive, 1,100 on roll. Serves areas of south Bristol which have significant levels of social deprivation. Attainment of students on entry is in the bottom 5 per cent nationally. Ofsted described it as "an improving school" and said "the quality of teaching is good overall", noting our "positive ethos".

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