Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: King Edward VI School is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted with an ‘outstanding’ sixth form

16:15 19 January 2014

King Edward VI School celebrating a good Ofsted with an outstanding sixth form.

King Edward VI School celebrating a good Ofsted with an outstanding sixth form.

Archant

An upper school in Bury St Edmunds has held onto its “good” rating following an inspection, with its sixth form rated as “outstanding”.

shares

Last month King Edward VI School in Grove Road was inspected by education watchdog Ofsted, which looked at the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

Inspectors gave the school an overall rating of “good,” with “outstanding” features including the sixth form and behaviour and safety of pupils.

Headteacher Geoff Barton said: “This is the kind of Ofsted report many schools dream of getting.

“We knew that the issues surrounding the English fiasco in 2012 would hold us back a bit, but we are delighted that the sixth form is outstanding in every category, and across our school behaviour plus spiritual and moral education are outstanding.

“Inspectors loved our emphasis on extra-curricular activities to build young people’s character and described our range of trips and visits as ‘stunning’.

“The report couldn’t come at a better time for us – once again around 40% of our students have received offers from the UK’s top universities (the Russell Group), with two more gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge.

“That brings to 17 the number of our students being accepted at two of the top 10 universities in the world over four years – an immense achievement for a non-selective comprehensive school.

“My congratulations to all our students and staff, and thanks to our loyal parents for their immense trust in our values and their support for our work.”

The report said students’ attitudes to learning were “exemplary”.

“Students are consistently enthusiastic and committed learners who are ambitious to do their best.

“They are eager to join in discussions and thoughtful and reflective in the way they present their ideas.”

It added: “Behaviour is managed consistently well by teachers and teaching assistants, and behaviour during lessons and around the school is outstanding.” The report said in 2012 standards had dipped to average in English and students’ progress slowed, which was due to changes in staffing and difficulties in recruiting teachers.

But “prompt and decisive action” by school leaders brought about a recovery in 2013, with progress rising again.

Standards in a wide range of GCSE subjects are above average and in the sixth form standards in most courses are high and students make “outstanding progress”.

The report said teachers had high expectations, with lessons capturing students’ interest and enthusiasm, and they did an “excellent job” in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Inspectors felt Mr Barton, other leaders and the governing body worked effectively to raise attainment and ensure the good quality of teaching is sustained.

The school was also praised for an “exceptional range” of additional activities and educational visits.

Inspectors highlighted some areas the school could work on to become outstanding, including making sure all teachers consistently matched work to the stage students had reached and making a greater use of questioning in lessons to challenge their thinking.

shares

0 comments

Langham cottage fire. Photo: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters were tackling a blaze at a thatched cottage in a village near the Suffolk/Essex border on Friday night.

The scene of the crash in Norwich Road, Barham.

A young man has died after a three-vehicle crash in Suffolk today, police have said.

David Cameron visits Tending Technology College, Frinton

Prime Minister David Cameron pleaded with East Anglian voters to help return him to Downing Street during an emotional speech at Frinton on Sea in the Clacton seat that was lost to UKIP last year.

The pedestrian was knocked over by a Renault Luton van in Hall Road, Oulton Broad, shortly after 5pm today, police said.

A female pedestrian aged in her 80s is in hospital with a broken jaw after a collision involving a van near Lowestoft.

The show is held at the famous Stonham Barnes

Taking place at Stonham Barns, the Mid and West Suffolk Show offers a host of top attractions as well as trade and craft stalls, all in the grounds of the retail and leisure complex.

The residents of London Road coming together to forge a new sense of community in the film London Road which receives its first public screening in Ipswich at the beginning of June. The film, direcetd by Rufus Norris, stars Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson and Tom Hardy.

People can today see the first clips of a new film based around the murders of five women in Ipswich in 2006.

A popular Suffolk man suffered a massive heart attack before his mini tractor toppled into a garden pond, doctors have established.

Ed Sheeran with his awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Even though he’s currently touring the world, Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran still misses the taste of home.

George Buffham outside the Nestle/Purina factory in Sudbury.

People living near a pet food factory in Sudbury have claimed that a £250,000 scheme to reduce unpleasant odours from the plant has “not worked”.

Appeal after EpiPen stolen from car.

People are asked to be vigilant after an EpiPen adrenaline injection kit was stolen from a parked car in Carlton Colville.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages