Good times keep rolling at high school

Just Regional
Mar 25, 2024 3 mins read

Aylsham High School has retained its Good ranking from Ofsted inspectors.
The 1,100-pupil school has been praised for being “at the heart of the local community”, and a place where pupils continue to achieve consistently well.

GOOD TIMES: Aylsham High School has received widespread praise from Ofsted inspectors.

Headteacher Duncan Spalding appears with some of the school’s pupils on the front page of this edition.
The latest report also says students are happy and safe, and that staff are proud to work there. Inspectors were very positive about the quality of the teaching and learning and the way that learning and assessment helped pupils “ learn effectively and achieve results they can be proud of.”
The school’s curriculum planning is seen as a real strength, as are the positive relationships that exist between staff and pupils.  It meant behaviour was good and that “teachers are able to teach effectively as a result.”
The report says unkind language is rare with pupils understanding its impact, finding it unacceptable, and knowing any concerns would be dealt with swiftly and appropriately if reported.
Pupils work hard in lessons and want to do well and benefit from high quality careers advice and guidance.
The report highlights Aylsham as a highly inclusive school that works very hard to support pupils with special educational needs. It should be “justifiably proud” of the impact that its Eagles nurture provision has on pupil outcomes.
It praises programmes to support children finding reading tricky who are “skilfully guided to catch up well.”
Inspectors praised leaders at all levels for their accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and weaknesses, which enabled them to prioritise their actions effectively.
There are lots of opportunities to be involved in school life through sports, the arts, school council and charity events. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is popular and successful for Year 9 and above.
But to improve still further, the school needs to develop its tracking of pupil participation in its wide range of extra-curricular activities.  It will help ensure that more pupils benefit from what it has to offer, particularly those who are disadvantaged.
Duncan Spalding, Executive Headteacher of the Aylsham Learning Federation, said: “We are very pleased that Aylsham High School has been recognised for its many strengths.
“It is lovely to know that my colleagues are proud to work at our school.  We are very lucky to have such a dedicated and committed team of professionals.
“I am also very pleased that our strong focus on inclusion, mutual respect between pupils and staff, and high quality teaching and learning were evident to the inspection team.”
The success, hot on the heels of a recent good inspection judgement at another Federation school, John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery had been a “real boost for everyone involved,” he added.

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