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Friday, October 19, 2012
A south Norfolk high school has turned its fortunes around after being judged “good” by Ofsted.
Long Stratton High School, the first Norfolk high school to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework, was judged “good” across the board, an improvement from the last inspection in 2009 when inspectors found the school to be “satisfactory”.
The school has faced a turbulent time after former headteacher, Paul Adams was suspended from his role in September 2011. It was revealed in September this year that he had been dismissed for gross misconduct.
John Wilson, who has been acting headteacher at the school since July 2011, said he was delighted with the report.
“It’s about buying into success,” he said. “If students feel that they are getting a good quality product then they will be more interested in it. The teaching and learning is better than it was. It was never poor but it is something we have worked on.”
Mr Wilson thanked the staff and governors for their support.
Inspectors visited the school from September 27-28 and observed 34 lessons.
The report said: “This is a good, happy and improving school because of the mutual respect that exists between students and staff.”
Inspectors found that pupils’ behaviour and attendance had improved since the school’s last inspection.
“Behaviour has improved because the teaching and learning has improved. Attendance hadn’t been poor - it has been on or above the national average. We have taken steps. If pupils are not in school then they are not going to learn
We have developed a number of strategies and we have an attendance officer,” Mr Wilson said.
The school was given targets to work towards which included improving communication with parents and carers and to provide more opportunities for pupils to work independently during lessons.
Alison Thomas, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and the local member for Long Stratton, said: “This is an excellent report and is testament to the hard work of everybody involved, students, staff, governors and indeed, the whole community.
“It is widely recognised that the new Ofsted framework is raising the bar, so for a school to improve by a grade under such rigorous conditions is quite outstanding. Congratulations to everybody involved.”