Schools news round up (inspectors’ report special)

Tring School has been rated good and somewhat outstanding for the second time this year
Tring School has been rated good and somewhat outstanding for the second time this year
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More good news for Tring School

Tring School has been rated good and somewhat outstanding for the second time this year PNL-140613-143722001

Tring School has been rated good and somewhat outstanding for the second time this year PNL-140613-143722001

Tring School is thrilled after being officially named a ‘good school with many outstanding features’.

This is an exceptionally positive statement from the SIAMS (Schools Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) team following their visit in early June.

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the quality of provision for philosophy and religious studies and they praised the school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people. These elements were graded as outstanding.

The school is immensely proud of this judgement and feel it is a just reward for all of the hard work put in by the students, staff and governors.

Headteacher Sue Collings proudly said: “The SIAMS inspection is another fantastic and exciting endorsement for Tring School following our Ofsted inspection earlier in the year.”

Ofsted rated the school ‘good with some outstanding aspects’.

Ms Collings said: “Our Christian values are very important to us and they underpin all of our decision making.

“Everyone in our community benefits from our distinctive Christian ethos and this leads to a unique community spirit which is celebrated by all.

“My thanks and appreciation go to all of the staff, students, governors and parents at Tring School.

“Our next steps are to fully embed our values even further and to do this we will celebrate them more overtly. Once again, more exciting times at Tring School!”

Even better news for St Paul’s

St Paul’s School in Chipperfield has even more of a reason to be happy after being rated outstanding in every area by inspectors from Ofsted.

Their report was full of praise for the village education establishment.

One part of it said: “Pupils thrive in the school’s happy, nurturing, yet academically challenging atmosphere that lives up to its motto ‘Love to learn, and learn to love’.

“Pupils get off to a very good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Nearly all pupils make excellent progress in all year groups in a wide range of subjects including reading, writing and mathematics. By the end of Year 6 standards are well above average.

“Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils and provide interesting work that stretches the most able and enables all pupils to succeed.

“Teaching assistants provide excellent support to small groups and individuals and help to ensure that all pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make outstanding progress.

“Attendance has been sustained at a high level and reflects pupils’ very positive attitudes to school and enjoyment of learning. Their behaviour is exemplary in classrooms and around the school.

“The school provides a stimulating range of subjects for pupils, with carefully planned learning outcomes. This rich and varied experience is enhanced by an excellent range of lunchtime and after-school clubs.

“Leadership is excellent and has taken the school from strength to strength. There is a relentless drive on raising standards by improving teaching and ensuring that all pupils are helped to do as well as possible.

“There is a strong sense of teamwork amongst staff and support for the direction taken by the inspirational headteacher. Staff feel valued and given good scope to develop their own skills and expertise. Subject leaders play an effective role in leading their areas.

“Governors provide a good level of support and challenge. They know the school well through detailed information provided by the headteacher as well as their own frequent visits.”

Headteacher Norah Tattersall said: “We are delighted.”

Somewhat good news for the Astley Cooper School despite improvement call

Hemel Hempstead’s Astley Cooper school, meanwhile, was given a ‘requires improvement’ rating – but was ranked good in the leadership and management category.

This was the first grade two ‘good’ rating that the school has ever received from Ofsted.

Writing to parents, headteacher Eddie Gaynor said: “We have much to be proud of and the school has made considerable progress since its last inspection 18 months ago.”

The inspectors’ report said its leadership team ‘share a clear commitment to raising standards through setting high expectations, promoting improvements in teaching and the regular tracking of students’ progress’.

Mr Gaynor said: “The report accurately reflects a number of our school’s good features but we are a school whose overall effectiveness still requires improvement.”

The report says progress in English and science is better in current GCSE classes than previously, but requires further improvement because students have not made enough progress in the past.’

Mr Gaynor said: “An inspection is a snapshot of a school at a particular moment in time.

“Significant progress has been made in the quality of teaching, we do have high expectations, our reputation is changing, and our numbers are rising.

“We remain determined to become a good school in every sense and can assure you that we were already addressing the key findings in the Ofsted report.”