Good Ofsted report for Higham Ferrers school

Headteacher Jonathan Giles with pupils from The Ferrers School
Headteacher Jonathan Giles with pupils from The Ferrers School
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A school has been rated good in every area following an inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors spent two days at The Ferrers School last month and made their judgement after visiting 41 lessons, looking at students’ work and talking to staff, pupils and parents.

This represents significant improvement on the last time we were inspected.

Jonathan Giles

The report said leaders have high expectations and ambitions for the school and have created an environment where students achieve well, pupils behave well, attendance is above average and teachers have good subject knowledge and plan well to ensure students make good progress in lessons.

Governors were praised for being passionate about their work and the inspectors said the quality of provision and achievement of students in the sixth form is good.

Headteacher Jonathan Giles said: “I am delighted with this outcome.

“The latest Ofsted framework is a more demanding one and so this represents significant improvement on the last time we were inspected. The inspectors saw a great team of teachers and support staff working hard with our delightful students.

“The process was a very fair one and the judgement reflects very well on the school. I am grateful to everyone who works hard every day to make this such a good school.”

The school, which has 967 pupils aged 11 to 18, became an academy in August 2013. When its predecessor, Ferrers Specialist Arts College, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged as satisfactory.

Go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted to see the full report.