School given ‘good’ mark – and praise for get­ting bet­ter

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS - Da­mon.wilkin­son@men­media.co.uk @Da­monWilkin­son6

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’

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