Of­sted praises turn-around

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Ticketless Parking -

A city se­condary school or­dered to brush up by in­spec­tors has now re­ceived a glow­ing Of­sted re­port.

Can­ter­bury High School was down­graded to a ‘ re­quires im­prove­ment’ rat­ing in 2015, spark­ing a strongly- worded re­sponse from head Phil Kar­navas.

At the time, he ac­cused the watch­dog of op­er­at­ing a “crude aca­demic race which for many chil­dren is un­winnable” as in­spec­tors fo­cused on exam re­sults rather than fac­tors such as the school’s cul­ture and ethos.

Fol­low­ing the most re­cent visit to the Knight Av­enue school on Oc­to­ber 11 and 12, in­spec­tors have now rated the school ‘good’ in all cat­e­gories.

They noted pupils’ progress had im­proved since the last rat­ing was given, with more achiev- ing English and maths GCSES.

They also praised the school’s “large and suc­cess­ful sixth form”, where “ex­cel­lence flour­ishes” in the per­form­ing arts, sports and prac­ti­cal learn­ing.

In­spec­tors wrote: “The cur­ricu­lum, fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources are out­stand­ing and the choice of sub­jects is ex­cep­tion­ally var­ied and rich.”

While the re­port was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, the watch­dog said more work needed to be done to sup­port dis­ad­van­taged pupils and in­crease at­ten­dance among per­sis­tent tru­ants.

Prin­ci­pal Mr Kar­navas said: “This re­port is very pos­i­tive and favourable but ir­re­spec­tive of what any­one may have said I have al­ways be­lieved that The Can­ter­bury High School was, at least, a good school.

“Its core be­lief that ev­ery child is good at some­thing mat­ters now more than ever at a time when such weight ap­pears given to point­less sta­tis­ti­cal mea­sure­ments rather than to chil­dren as in­di­vid­u­als.”

Head Phil Kar­navas

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