City schools get top marks in inspections
HIGH-achieving schools in Peterborough have been sent to the top of the class after receiving outstanding marks by national inspectors.
In the last academic year 16 of 19 schools that were visited by Ofsted inspectors were given outstanding grades in their inspection - a total of 84 per cent, compared to a national average of 11 per cent. In the current school year, Leighton Primary School, Thorpe Primary School and Arthur Mellows Village College were rated as outstanding overall, while eight others were judged as good. No schools in Peterborough are currently rated inadequate, compared to the national figure of nine per cent.
Philip Stewart, headteacher at Leighton Primary School, Orton Malborne, Peterborough, said: “At Leighton we have been looking to be as self-sufficient as possible, and ensuring everything we do is for the good of the children - not just for the statistics.
“Another major factor in our success has been working with other schools, which I think is crucial for all schools in the area.
“And it is also vital we don’t rest on our laurels. Making improvements is like riding a bike up hill. If you stop peddling, you will go down very fast.”
Mike Sandeman, head at Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton added: “The three keys to success are to have a strong student body, a motivated teaching team and the right environment, and we have been lucky enough to have all of these things. It is also important to have communication between schools, and since our report a number of other heads have asked our staff to go and talk about what we have done right.”
Mel Collins, Peterborough City Council’s assistant director for learning and skills, said: “A lot of hard work goes into making our schools the best they can be so that children receive a first class education.”
Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university, added: “We have seen a number of good and outstanding ratings of our primary and secondary schools in the past year. This is great news and illustrates that many of our schools are giving the young people of this city the best possible start in life. However, we are not complacent and will be striving to beat these figures next year so that even more of our schools are rated good or outstanding.”
PICTURE OF THE DAY
A DOUBLE sculls crew in action at the Peterborough City Rowing Club course at Thorpe Meadows.
KEY TO SUCCESS: Mike Sandeman with AMVC pupils.