The interim head of an under pressure school has promised prospective parents that improvements are being made.
Bexhill High welcomed reassured parents of youngsters planning on going to the school that work was on-going behind the scenes to address the problems which saw the academy placed in special measures earlier this year.
That decision followed a damning Ofsted report which said the school was failing to give students an acceptable standard of education and that the standard of work was below average in all year groups and in most subjects.
Although since then the school’s students achieved some excellent GCSE results.
An interim principal Andy Mortimer was quick to address the elephant in the room with the parents at the school’s open day earlier this month.
He said: “‘Look, we all realise there is much still to be done but make no mistake - Bexhill Academy is making great strides and I believe it will be THE place to send your child.
“We are in the process of massive change, and I believe that we will come out of this a much stronger - and indeed a much more successful academy for our young people and their families.”
He said much of the feedback given by the parents who attended the session was positive – with some praising the principal’s honesty – but said staff would continue to address any concerns within the local community that Bexhill High’s academy experiment had created more problems than it solved.
Discussing the open day Mr Mortimer said: “It was our big opportunity to welcome parents and carers - most of them with year six children looking to join us in September 2014.
“There was plenty for them to see as we wanted to make them aware of just what goes on in our glorious building - and we were proud to show off some of our extra-curricular activities as well.
‘’It was an amazing event and being relatively new to Bexhill, I have to say I was completely overwhelmed.
“The comments from parents I met were hugely positive, and I also believe that the effort and enthusiasm from all staff came across so well.
“The evening sent a clear message out to everyone that we are moving forward and making evident progress.”