School has plenty of reasons to celebrate

Evesham Journal: REASON TO BE CHEERFUL: Left to right, Will Doyle, Sarah Donovan, Jack Castle and Madelaine Sara at the Sixth Form Centre. REASON TO BE CHEERFUL: Left to right, Will Doyle, Sarah Donovan, Jack Castle and Madelaine Sara at the Sixth Form Centre.

STAFF and students at a Warwickshire high school are celebrating after getting top marks.

St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Alcester was again awarded outstanding status by Ofsted. Inspectors said students, staff and parents were “quite rightly” proud to be associated with the school, scoring it as outstanding in all key areas.

It was noted that all groups of students made excellent progress, regardless of their background or ability level.

Students’ attainment was said to be significantly above average.

Inspectors praised teaching standards, saying that lesson activities are planned extremely well to ensure they are demanding and exciting, and suit individual needs and interests. They described students as calm, mature and having impeccable behaviour, adding that bullying rarely occurs.

The ringing endorsement was extended to the St Benedict’s Sixth Form, which opened in September 2011. The school could improve by further increasing the amount of outstanding teaching by ensuring that all feedback to students on their work includes specific guidance on how to improve it.

Headteacher Tim Sara said: “The report is not saying that St Benedict’s is perfect and we are aware that there are always areas to work on.” St Benedict’s catchment area includes Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Chipping Campden.

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