The head of Linslade’s upper school says students were ‘superb’ during the two-day Ofsted inspection that saw it awarded a ‘good’ assessment.
On September 17 and 18, inspectors observed Cedars Upper School and deemed it “effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs’ and preparing them for the next stage of their education, training or employment”.
The achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management were all assessed during 42 lessons, small-group work, tutorial sessions, and an assembly.
Headteacher of the Mentmore Road school, Steven Palmer, said: “Obviously we are really pleased with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection and that the inspectors recognised the real progress we have made over the last two years.
“To be judged as ‘good’ for all categories is a real boost to the school and it is well deserved after all of the hard work put in by staff.
“Obviously, the aim now is to push on and strive for ‘outstanding’ status.”
Mr Palmer was praised for his role as headteacher, with inspectors noting that the leadership is ably led.
The report said: “The headteacher has established a strong team ethos in the school and his achievements have been recognised and warmly welcomed by students, staff, parents and governors.
“Students described him as ‘fantastic’ and staff said he is ‘an excellent headteacher’.
“His approach has included a relentless yet sensitive approach to improving the quality of teaching in order to raise standards.
“The team is relentless in its drive for improvement, through regular monitoring of lessons, tracking of students’ progress and by holding subject leaders and teachers to account for the progress of students and the quality of teaching.”
Also in the Ofsted report, the inspector explains it is not yet an outstanding school because “the most able students are not always challenged enough in lessons, so their progress is not as rapid as it could otherwise be”.
It was also noted that “not all subject teachers give students clear guidance on how to improve further”.
But it was highlighted that teaching is mainly good and sometimes outstanding.
The students make good progress in most subjects, including English and mathematics, and reach standards that are well above average by the end of Year 11.
Pupils’ attendance has improved steadily over the last two years and is now above the national average.
Mr Palmer added: “The students were superb over the two days and I am very grateful for all of the parental support.
“Inspections are incredibly stressful for schools but I believe this was a fair report identifying our strengths but also giving us areas for development.”
The Ofsted report can be accessed at www.ofsted.gov.uk by students and parents now.