School celebrates inspectors' report

A FELIXSTOWE school is celebrating today after Ofsted inspectors said it was making excellent progress towards its targets.The inspectors graded every aspect of Orwell High School's Keystage 3 provision as good - just one rung below the top grade.

A FELIXSTOWE school is celebrating today after Ofsted inspectors said it was making excellent progress towards its targets.

The inspectors graded every aspect of Orwell High School's Keystage 3 provision as good - just one rung below the top grade.

Headteacher Peter Tomkins said: “This has been really positive for the school.

“We intend to be an outstanding school by the time the next full Ofsted team come to the school and this one-day inspection shows the progress we have made towards that goal since our last Ofsted report.

“It is fantastic that all the progress we know we have made has been recognised by Ofsted.

“This report gives just a snapshot of all the good work going on at the school.

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“We are really pleased that one of the most positive aspects of the inspection was the feedback that students gave Ofsted about their experiences.”

Sally Burgoyne, assistant head leading on learning and teaching, said: “We were really pleased that all the teaching was graded as satisfactory or better and 80 per cent was graded as good or better.

“We are particularly proud of the fact that 20pc of the teaching was graded as outstanding.”

John Barker, chairman of governors, said the report was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the headteacher and his staff in moving the school “massively forward”.

Two aspects at Orwell will be written up as case studies for Ofsted's “Moving to Excellence” - the Learning Conference programme, which helps students develop skills they need for learning across the curriculum; and the transition arrangements which avoid any slippage in results as students move from primary to high school.

The inspection visit involved observations of lessons, discussions with students, analysis of exercise books and discussions with staff.

Quality of teaching and learning, leadership and management, achievement and standards including personal development, quality of curriculum, inclusion measures and overall effectiveness of the school were all rated as good.

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