City schools get top marks in in­spec­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS *stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.”


A DOU­BLE sculls crew in ac­tion at the Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing Club course at Thorpe Mead­ows.

KEY TO SUC­CESS: Mike San­de­man with AMVC pupils.

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