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Northgate High School, Ipswich, celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

10:00 23 January 2016

Northgate high School, and inset, head teacher David Hutton

Northgate high School, and inset, head teacher David Hutton

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One of Ipswich’s biggest secondary schools has celebrated receiving a ‘good’ rating once again after its latest Ofsted inspection.

The short one-day visit in December was the first the school has received since May 2012, when it was also rated ‘good.’

The school, which educates more than 1,700 pupils including Sixth-Formers is one of the most in-demand from parents in Ipswich, and has been hailed for its progress in effective teaching.

The report said: “Pupils are making strong progress across the school as a result of effective teaching.

“Senior leaders have a clear understanding of the quality of teaching across the school. They are generating an enthusiasm for finding out what really works in classrooms and are keen to share the good practice that they find.

“This means that teachers and subject leaders are learning from one another and many are enjoying the challenge and reward that this brings.”

The report also praised the school’s “detailed” and “high quality” safeguarding arrangements, and celebrated the narrowing of the attainment gap between disadvantaged and other pupils in Key Stage 4.

Delighted headteacher David Hutton said: “The inspector identified very many positives about the school, our pupils, students, staff and governors, and provided us with his suggestions of things that we can do to sustain current progress. This feedback has been incorporated into our school improvement plans.”

Among the areas continuing to require work were improvements in presentation in pupils’ exercise books, further progress with disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 3 and more work with pupil handwriting.

Mr Hutton added: “It was particularly pleasing that ‘pupils, parents and staff who responded to the inspection questionnaires were overwhelmingly positive.’

“Thank you to those who took the time to share views with the inspector at such short notice.”

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