School celebrates Ofsted boost
POYNTON High School is celebrating after being recognised as highly effective by government inspectors.
Ofsted praised the school’s teaching, leadership and management, students’ achievements, behaviour and welfare the school as ‘good’.
It is a dramatic turnaround from two years ago when Ofsted downgraded it from ‘outstanding’ to ‘needs improvement’. In a damning report, inspectors called the leadership and governors ‘weak and reactive’ and ‘distracted by issues in the community’.
In the newest report inspectors praised all aspects of school life, including students’ attitude and learning, saying all staff and governors have “high expectations and an unswerving commitment to ensuring that every pupil achieves their goals, whatever their circumstances.”
Headteacher David Waugh said the grading is only a “hair’s breadth” from an outstanding judgement.
He said: “We are so very proud of all of our students, our staff, our governors and our parents and carers for their achievement in ensuring our school has been recognised for the very positive impact it has on the life chances of our young people.
“I hope all within our community will join with me in celebrating the praise that has been afforded to the quality of leadership and governance throughout the school, the quality of teaching and learning, our students’ progress and achievement, our students’ behaviour and welfare, the quality of special educational needs provision, our exceptional Sixth Form provision and the great curriculum and opportunities children have at our school.”
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●● Poynton High School has been praised. Inset: Headteacher David Waugh