3:00pm Friday 4th October 2013
STUDENTS and staff at Pershore High School are celebrating another successful Ofsted report.
Inspectors rated the Station Road school good overall during its first assessment since converting to an academy, grading the safety and behaviour of pupils as outstanding.
They said standards among students by the end of Year 11 were above average, and leaders and staff responded swiftly to the below expected examination results in English in 2012, with learners’ progress having improved over the year.
Teaching was considered to be good with some outstanding practice and the sixth form was rated outstanding.
Inspectors praised pupils, describing them as polite, courteous and extremely supportive of each other.
It was noted they were able to choose from a wide variety of subjects and courses, with a wide choice of activities outside the classroom.
Members of the governing body were said to be “skilled and knowledgeable”, providing support and challenge to school leaders, and making a valuable contribution to the school’s improvement.
In order to improve, the school needs to improve the proportion of outstanding teaching, by making sure that all teachers carefully check students’ understanding during lessons so that they are moved on to new tasks at the right time.
They should also ensure students are given enough opportunities to discuss their learning during lessons and that teachers’ marking and feedback are of consistently high quality so that students understand exactly what they need to do to improve.
Headteacher Clive Corbett said: “I am delighted that the inspection team agreed with our positive self-evaluation. I am privileged to lead such a talented and committed group of staff, but I am especially proud of the way in which our students conducted themselves.
“This is typical of their conscientious and enthusiastic involvement in school life on a daily basis.”
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