CAST your minds back to May this year when we carried a front page story that sent shockwaves through the town. Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School had been slammed by Government inspectors.
They weren’t happy with many elements of its performance and it felt as if you could hear a collective sharp intake of breath from the area’s estate agents, all fearing that housing values, usually bolstered by our local school’s strong reputation, were about to take a slight dip.
While it was a shock to many that QEGS was not in the best of health it came as no surprise to its new head teacher Ann Martin. When she took the reins she did her own evaluation and concluded herself that the school was not quite up to scratch.
So began an aggressive new regime at the Green Road school to turn round its fortunes and restore its reputation as being one of the best schools in the county.
This new regime wasn’t popular with everyone at the school but this week we have seen our first hard evidence that it might just be bearing fruit.
Last year QEGS posted some rather unfavourable GCSE results. Not horrific, but not what a top-ranking school would usually be achieving.
This year, however, the difference is remarkable. A glance at the Daily Telegraph’s GCSE results table suggests QEGS has emerged as the best school in the county with its impressive score this year.
This is just what Mrs Martin wanted. Proof that her tough new approach to running the school is effective.
It’s not the end of the story. Following such a poor report from Ofsted the inspectors will still be keeping a close eye on QEGS, but at the very least it takes off some of the pressure and reassures all the hard-working staff and pupils that their efforts have not been in vain.
Lets hope it gives them the enthusiasm to keep up all the good work.