Praise for college in new council inspection report

Ramsey, abbey college

Ramsey, abbey college - Credit: Archant

Abbey College, Ramsey is “winning over the hearts and minds of parents” according to a new inspection report.

Cambridgeshire County Council carried out a performance review of the school in December, spending time with students and teachers, sampling work books, and meeting with governors.

Overall, the county council said pupils had positive attitudes about their school and added that behaviour was “in line with the school’s increasingly high expectations”.

The inspector also remarked on the success of the school’s leadership and governing body, as well as the enthusiasm of its students to learn and the success of its sixth form.

In order to improve, the inspector, Des Dunne, said the school should focus on ensuring greater consistency among teachers in the implementation of strategies for student engagement, and continue to promote attitudes to learning “particularly amongst the smaller number of students who contribute to low level distraction in lessons”.

Head teacher at Abbey College, Andy Christoforou, said: “I am thrilled with the results of Cambridgeshire County Council’s inspection and delighted to see the hard work of our staff and students being recognised.

“We have plans to continue to build on the improvements already made to students’ behaviour and attainment. We are proud to be a key part of the Ramsey community and are doing everything that we can to provide an excellent education for our students.”

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The report highlighted the strength of Abbey College’s leadership and its success in motivating its students to learn. The inspector stated “students are very keen to learn and are eager to do well. Many take pride in their work.”

The inspector commended the college’s improved communication with parents and recognised the efforts of the school to help students’ personal development, particularly in regards to raising awareness of bullying. The inspector said “students are knowledgeable about the different types of bullying and show confidence in the effective way the school deals with any incidents of bullying.”

The school was also congratulated on the performance of its sixth form. The Inspector praised the sixth form teachers stating: “Teachers’ strong subject knowledge, high expectations and careful planning extend and deepen students’ learning. There is an uncompromising drive to provide as many experiences as possible for students to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and meet their individual needs.”