Clifton Hunter High School continues to register weak progress according to a recent follow-up inspection by the Office of Education Standards.
In the initial inspection, conducted early in the 2018‑2019 academic year, the OES evaluated the performance of the school as weak, and reached the same conclusion after a second inspection done six months later, in March 2019.
In the latest report, published 29 Nov. and conducted earlier that month, the OES inspectorate again evaluated the school as making weak progress in addressing three of the six recommendations from the initial report. The recommendations included such categories as academic achievement, student behaviour and teaching standards. However, according to the report, although the OES did see ongoing weakness in the behaviour of students and quality of teaching, the inspectors said there was a notable improvement in the leadership of CHHS.
This is the first term for the new principal, Dr. Richard Wildman, who addressed the performance of the school in a letter to parents, stating that low-level disruptions still remain significantly challenging, and urging parents to help their children develop the right attitude to learning.
“We have provided a response to our parents that also highlights our commitment to growth in the three recommendations outlined,” Wildman said. “The parent letter conveys the growth mindset attitude we are taking towards addressing the areas of concern.”
The next inspection is set to commence in 2020.