North Walsham

Ofsted delight for North Walsham High School

Just Regional
May 19, 2015 2 mins read

North Walsham High School is celebrating the news it has been striving towards – a “good” rating from Ofsted just 20 months after it judged as “requiring improvement”.

The school was rated as “good” across the board after its inspection in at the beginning of the month, with students’ behaviour and raised aspirations picked out for praise.

Key findings of the report, published today, reported teachers are being successful in raising the aspirations and academic success of students and that attainment is rising.

And inspectors noted the success of the mentoring scheme saying the school had “substantial links with local employers” which was “effective in increasing the ambition and motivation of pupils”.

Behaviour was also praised with students described as courteous and polite and demonstrating positive approaches to learning.

The report added one of the strengths of the school was its “spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision”.

Delighted head teacher Caroline Brooker (pictured below with students) said she had been determined to turn the school around after its previous rating in September 2013. “To have achieved that in such a short time is a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at the school – staff, governors, parents and students,” she said.

She said school’s growing reputation was being reflected in the uptake of places for new students. “In September we will welcome 147 new Year 7 students, up 15% on last year,” she said.

But she said the school would not stop working towards improvement. “Our ambition now is to move towards an even better rating.”

Areas highlighted for improvement by the report were applying ambitious literacy work across the curriculum, increasing expectations for less able pupils and clearer advice from teachers about how students can progress.

Chair of governors Alex Robinson was equally delighted with the news and congratulated the school on its success.

“To move on from where we were to being rated ‘good’ in such a short space of time is tremendous,” she said. “North Walsham has a high school of which it can be proud. I hope that the local community continues to support what we are trying to do and will help us in our ambition to keep improving.”

You can read the full report online at


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