Woodbridge: Farlingaye High School’s delight at ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

Headteacher Sue Hargadon with students at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge celebarting an "outst

Headteacher Sue Hargadon with students at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge celebarting an "outstanding" Ofsted report. - Credit: Archant

ONE of the biggest schools in Suffolk has been handed an “outstanding” Ofsted report that praises the quality of teaching and behaviour of pupils.

Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge was give the top grade in every category for both the school and sixth form following its recent Ofsted inspection.

The school, which has more than 1,800 pupils, had a two day visit from five inspectors at the end of April and the results have now officially been published.

It was last inspected in 2007, before it became an academy, and was also graded outstanding after that visit.

The inspectors said: “Pupils make outstanding progress and reach well-above-average standards in their personal and academic skills because teaching is excellent at all stages throughout the school.

“Pupils’ behaviour is excellent, their attitudes to work are exceptionally good, and they thoroughly enjoy school and the rich range of learning and social activities that prepare them extremely well for later life and the world of work.

“Pupils feel safe in school. They say that bullying is extremely rare and when any does occur, the staff deal with it swiftly and effectively.

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“The headteacher provides excellent leadership. She works successfully with other leaders and governors to raise standards and improve pupils’ progress, as well as provide effective training to improve the quality of teaching.”

Headteacher Sue Hargadon said: “It is lovely to have public recognition of all that we do, and are proud of, at Farlingaye. We were particularly delighted that both the sixth form and the whole school were graded at outstanding.

“The inspectors were particularly impressed by the curriculum we offer, the progress and outcomes of the students and the outstanding teaching they saw in many lessons. They also commented very favourably on the students’ behaviour and engagement, the extra-curricular activities, all the trips we run, our links with parents and the support our students give to each other.

“Nowadays schools have no notice of an inspection. You just get a phone call the afternoon beforehand, so it is a very intense two days as you want to show the team everything that is great about the school.

“Whilst it is lovely to have the external recognition, it’s also good to now be able to get back to focusing on supporting all our students in years 10 to 13 with their GCSE and A-level exams.”

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