School is on the up as Ofsted inspectors heap praise on staff and pupils

From left, Ashley Muzondo, 11, Megan Ashby, 15, Jack Bishop, 15, headteacher Grahame Sammons, 60, Freddy Norman, 13, Robyn Piper, 13, and Tanya Sellah, 14   Picture: Malcolm Wells (151116-0877)
From left, Ashley Muzondo, 11, Megan Ashby, 15, Jack Bishop, 15, headteacher Grahame Sammons, 60, Freddy Norman, 13, Robyn Piper, 13, and Tanya Sellah, 14 Picture: Malcolm Wells (151116-0877)
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  • School was graded good across the board
  • Inspectors said students’ behaviour and attitude to learning is good
  • Feedback teachers give to students needs to be improved
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A HEADTEACHER has praised staff and students at his school after a glowing Ofsted report.

Crookhorn College was graded ‘good’ across the board – up from ‘requires improvement’ in its previous inspection.

I am very pleased with the outcome which accurately reflects the hard work of both students and staff

Grahame Sammons, headteacher

Inspectors said the quality of the teaching, learning and assessment was good and that the headteacher and leadership team had worked hard to improve provision.

It also said that students’ behaviour and attitude to their learning was good.

Headteacher Grahame Sammons said: ‘I am very pleased with the outcome, which accurately reflects the hard work of both students and staff. The staff have worked tirelessly to support, motivate and encourage students.

‘I have a great leadership team. Parents have worked with us to help us do the best we can for their children.

‘This all-round commitment and partnership between staff, students and parents has been the foundation of our success.’

He added: ‘The progress the college has made since the last inspection was clearly recognised in the report’s findings.

‘The most pleasing aspect was the recognition of the quality of teaching and learning provided.

‘We have worked hard over the time since the last inspection reviewing teaching programmes, introducing a high quality staff development scheme and facilitating the sharing of good practice between subject teams.’

‘The other area underpinning the rise in standards has been the work done on assessment and the monitoring of student progress.

‘Rates of progress in mathematics and English are above national average.

‘There are an increasing number of students across the curriculum who are making better than expected progress.’

To improve further, inspectors said that the school needed to ensure that when teachers gave feedback, they made students aware of the specific steps they needed to take to reach higher levels of performance.

Staff also needed to raise the attainment and progress of more able students by improving the quality of stretching and stimulation in their learning.

Mr Sammons added: ‘The report has not made us complacent.

‘There is no doubt in my mind that the college, its staff and students have the capacity to achieve even greater things.

‘The quality of staff and student relationships and the strong sense of working together, as identified in the report, makes me proud to be headteacher.’