Inspectors rate school as ‘good’ in all areas

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Ofsted has given Belper School a glowing report- after it leapt from a previous grading of ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ across the board.

The John O’Gaunts Way school was assessed by a team of five inspectors over two days at the end of September.

And following the visit it was rated good in each of five categories including leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form provision.

Headteacher Martyn Cooper said he was particularly pleased with part of the inspectors report which read: “Students interact well, contributing to a supportive and happy environment in which they learn and develop as responsible young people.”

He said: “We don’t want Belper School to be an exam factory. results are important but it’s also important that they leave as decent well-rounded people.

“That’s why I was so pleased with the report saying that. We are so chuffed - the staff and students have really stepped up to the plate.

“Everyone wanted it - and there has been a big improvement throughout the school.

“There has been a clear focus on raising standards which has challenged everyone.

“We have been working to ensure the quality of teaching is right and that all the cogs of the school work together

“We will now be looking to sustain and build on this report. With some spit and polish we can aim for outstanding.”

In January 2013 inspectors said the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management required improvement.

However, the new report out this week praised a rise in standards over the last three years at Key Stage four - with results above average.

It went on to say students make good progress, including in English and mathematics, that sixth form provision is goodand that students make good progress.

The quality of teaching was also judged to be good at all three key stages.

The gap in standards between disadvantaged students and other students has also narrowed significantly from last year to this year.

And Mr Cooper was said to be a very strong leader who has energised and empowered the staff.

Improvements which could help the school reach outstanding will now be considered by staff and governors.

Mr Cooper said the introduction of uniform and introducing a dress code would be among the things to be considered. Ofsted recommended teacher performance targets, some aspects of marking and reports.