All is ‘good’ at Aylsham High: OFSTED

Just Regional
Nov 6, 2014 3 mins read

Aylsham High School is officially a “good” school, with “outstanding” student behaviour, according to a new Ofsted report released this week.

Although the school has lost its overall “outstanding” rating, won in 2011, the latest inspection was conducted under a tougher framework looking at an altered set of targets, according to the school’s leaders.

Headteacher Duncan Spalding, described as providing “inspired leadership” in the report, said: “We are without a shadow of a doubt a better school than we were at the time of our last inspection in May 2011.”

Mr Spalding said he was particularly proud of the recognition students received in the latest report. They were told by inspectors that they treated others with “utmost courtesy and respect” and acted as “great ambassadors for the school”.

Across the five key judgments, the school was told its overall effectiveness, leadership and management, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils were all good, and that the behaviour and safety of pupils was outstanding.

“It is an incredibly strong report that paints a hugely positive picture of the successful work we have been doing to secure excellent outcomes for children,” said Mr Spalding.

“What is particularly pleasing is that inspectors have recognised what a fabulous group of young people our students are and how positively they contribute to their school community.”

Inspectors said there was room for improvement in terms of results for pupil premium funded children, the feedback given by teachers to help children improve their work and the way that assessment is used.

Mr Spalding was positive in his response: “Since our last inspection we have improved greatly as a school in all that we do. Our outcomes for students are more consistently strong, our teaching more consistently good or better, and our leadership more focused than ever.

“The yardstick by which we are measured changes frequently, and each time the bar is raised a little higher. We will adapt, change and improve to meet these new challenges.”

And he focused on the student body, commenting: “Perhaps the greatest source of pride is the way that our students’ behaviour, character and community spirit are praised.

“What the report paints is a picture of a safe, happy and thriving school in which students achieve really well and leave extremely well prepared for their future. I am thrilled to lead such a fabulous school community.”

Chair of governors Jenny Youngs added: “As a governing body we are really pleased to see so many of the strengths of our school recognised in the report.

“We will continue to work closely with the headteacher, senior leaders, staff, students and parents to ensure that we successfully address the issues raised and to help ensure that all of our students achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Parents at the school have received a letter and copy of the report. The report will be available on the Ofsted website from Monday.

Students were again praised for their behaviour

Students were again praised for their behaviour


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