Pas­sion­ate lead­er­ship be­hind school ad­vances

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Danger Warnings - By Ai­dan Bar­low

In­spec­tors have praised teach­ers and staff at a gram­mar school and say pupils con­tinue to achieve high stan­dards.

Paula Sar­gent and Jen­nifer Bray con­ducted a snap visit at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School shortly be­fore the Easter hol­i­days, and pub­lished their re­port on Fri­day, April 21.

The re­port says the school con­tin­ues to be “good” and praised head teacher Su­sanne Staab for her “thought­ful and pas­sion­ate” lead­er­ship.

The in­spec­tors noted: “There is a wel­com­ing and har­mo­nious at­mos­phere among pupils.

“Dur­ing the in­spec­tion we saw many ex­am­ples of pupils work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to­gether and listening re­spect­fully to each other.

“Pupils are con­fi­dent, keen to learn and am­bi­tious for their fu­tures.”

The re­port stated that dis­ad­van­taged pupils from poorer back­grounds did make good progress, while the most able pupils achieved high stan­dards.

The in­spec­tors praised English teach­ers for boost­ing stand- ards. They said: “In­spec­tors saw ex­am­ples of very good ques­tion­ing in English, his­tory and pol­i­tics which probed pupils’ un­der­stand­ing and made them think hard.”

They also praised teach­ers’ “se­cure sub­ject knowl­edge” i n chem­istry and French, with pupils feel­ing con­fi­dent to an­swer ques­tions in class which “re­flects the suc­cess of the school’s strate­gies to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills”.

But the re­port did high­light that im­prove­ment can still be made in other sub­ject ar­eas, with “vari­abil­ity” of ex­pec­ta­tions that teach­ers have in their pupils’ pre­sen­ta­tion, the level of chal­lenge, and the qual­ity of ad­vice given to help them im­prove.

Mrs Staab said the re­port showed sig­nif­i­cant progress had been made since the pre­vi­ous Of­sted in­spec­tion in 2012.

She said: “We are par­tic­u­larly de­lighted that we have con­tin­ued to pro­vide such a good qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion to our pupils in an in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing and ever-chang­ing na­tional ed­u­ca­tional land­scape.

“We are am­bi­tious for our pupils and they are right to ex­pect the high­est stan­dards from us.”

Head teacher Su­sanne Staab is de­lighted with the re­cent Of­sted re­port on Nor­ton Knatch­bull School

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