School given ‘good’ mark – and praise for getting better
KINGSWAY Park High School has been praised by inspectors. In a letter to headteacher Deborah Bell, education watchdog Ofsted said the school remained ‘good’ but praised leaders for continuing to make improvements.
Inspectors said the school leaders ‘have established an ethos in which every pupil is valued,’ adding: “The school is a harmonious community where pupils get on well together and respect one another’s differences. Pupils told inspectors that there is no racist or homophobic behaviour. The school does good work on teaching pupils about British values and it promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness well.”
Behaviour in school was ‘good’ and pupils ‘displayed positive attitudes to learning.’
Pupils told inspectors that bullying ‘rarely occurs’ but when it does ‘it is dealt with swiftly and effectively by staff.’
The short inspection followed the last full Ofsted inspection in 2013, in which the school was rated good.
At the time inspectors said improvements needed to be made in the teaching of science.
In the last two years several science teachers have left Kingsway and specialist support was brought in from other schools.
Now, inspectors wrote, ‘teaching in science is improving and leaders are confident that outcomes will improve significantly this year.’
But the letter added ‘there is still work to do to ensure that teaching in science is consistently good and that all pupils make the progress expected of them.’
To improve inspectors said school leaders should ‘take all necessary steps to improve teaching and achievement in science’ and ‘take action to raise levels of challenge further in those subjects where mostable pupils are not yet reaching the highest GCSE grades.’
Headteacher Deborah Ball said: “I am extremely proud of the school and I am delighted with the incredible hard work and achievements of all of my staff, students and governors. I I feel that the Ofsted letter encapsulates the ethos, vision and culture of the diverse community who attend our school and this successful outcome is truly deserved.” ●●Kingsway Park High School headteacher Deborah Ball with two pupils following a short Ofsted inspection which said the school remained ‘good’