BAY HOUSE has made a small slice of history after being awarded the first ever outstanding Ofsted for a secondary school in Gosport.
Above national average exam results, a flexible curriculum, excellent teaching and a positive contribution to the community has placed the 2,580-pupil school with sixth-form in a league of its own.
Headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘I’m delighted the work of the school has received this positive report.
‘I’ve always felt it’s not easy for a large school to achieve an outstanding grade, but the fact that we have demonstrates to me that size is not an issue.
‘Since I joined the school nine years ago, I’ve had three Ofsteds which have gone from good, to good with outstanding features, to outstanding – we’ve been gradually improving despite Ofsted continually making their inspections tougher.’
This is the second time in a row the sixth-form has achieved oustanding, and Mr Potter admitted he wouldn’t accept a job at a school that didn’t offer education for 11 to 18 year olds.
He said: ‘Sixth-formers set an example to the younger students and inspire them to continue learning beyond GCSEs. That sense of aspiration is invaluable.’
The government inspector noted that despite Bay House being a top academic school, it had an excellent off-site Enterprise Academy for youngsters wishing to pursue vocational subjects.
Mr Potter said: ‘We’re a very large school but our mantra is about having a small school feel to ensure no-one gets lost.
‘Once a term, for example, every youngster has a one-on-one tutorial.
‘We channel our resources to give everyone the opportunity to be noticed and cared for.’
Last year the school achieved a 61 ‘gold standard’ pass rate in GCSEs compared with 53 per cent nationally.
Mr Potter added: ‘This is a good news story for Gosport and
‘I’m extremely proud of my colleagues and my students who are all 100 per cent on board this exciting journey of continual improvement.’