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Chasetown school celebrates Ofsted success

Teachers and pupils at Chasetown Specialist Sports College are celebrating after a successful Ofsted inspection.

Bernice Astling with deputy head boy Jack Pollard, deputy head girl Alex Phillips and Year 11 students Sam Pheasant and Ricky Meadows

Bernice Astling with deputy head boy Jack Pollard, deputy head girl Alex Phillips and Year 11 students Sam Pheasant and Ricky Meadows

In November the school was visited by inspectors who praised for the school’s  pace of improvement over the last 12 months.

The inspectors graded the College good for its overall effectiveness and outstanding for its capacity for sustained improvement.  The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement was also graded as outstanding.

The 2009 examination results were said to provide “a visible marker of the transformation” at the school: 92 percent of students gained 5A*-C grades and 63 per cent gained 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Ofsted inspectors agreed that:

“The school’s track record of improvement is exceptional. Self-evaluation is searching and benchmarked against the highest expectations, leading to excellent plans which are already bearing fruit.”

Teaching and learning were observed to be good’, with “much that is outstanding”, and the curriculum was judged to be a “well organised and effective framework for learning”.

Ofsted inspectors also added:

“Behaviour around the school is good and in lessons is good, and the school is calm and well ordered.  The students report that they feel safe and are confident that any concerns will be dealt with effectively.”

Head teacher Bernice Astling, who was appointed in 2008, said:

“We are delighted to receive such a positive report from Ofsted.  As a result of the hard work of students, staff and governors, this school now stands as one of the most successful in the county.

“I am so pleased that the improvements we have made have been recognised by inspectors.  We will strive to improve further in order to gain outstanding in all areas at our next inspection.”

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1 Comment

  1. Dean Smith

    29th March, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Fantastic. To read of a school that has established clear objectives and missions. Clearly the holistic approach has been adopted by all teachers, administrators, parents and of course students.