Praise for staff and pupils as school celebrates latest Ofsted report

Teachers and pupils celebrate Abbey College, Ramsey's 'good' rating. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Teachers and pupils celebrate Abbey College, Ramsey's 'good' rating. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The head teacher at Abbey College, Ramsey says he is “delighted” after inspectors rated the school ‘good’ in all areas.

The result represents a turnaround in fortunes for the school, which was rated as requiring improvement at a previous inspection, which took place in 2016.

The Ofsted inspectors particularly commended Abbey College’s leadership team, who they felt have accurately identified the school’s strengths and weaknesses and used this knowledge to establish a “culture of high expectations and aspirations”.

Mr Christoforou, said: “I am delighted with the results of the Ofsted report, which confirms that all students at Abbey College receive a high-quality education and have good opportunities to achieve their very best. It is quite a feat in today’s education climate for a school to achieve a good Ofsted rating as a standalone academy, without joining a multi-academy trust.

“Our ability to do this on our own reflects the hard work of our staff, governors, students and parents and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us on this journey for their support of the school so far. We look forward to continuing to provide a strong education for the children in Ramsey and its surrounding areas.”

Teachers were praised for the support they provide disadvantaged students or those with special educational needs. Instances of bullying were deemed to be rare and pupils were aware of how to access help should they need to.

Inspectors felt that “the overwhelming majority of responses on Parent View indicated that parents feel that their children are safe, happy and well cared for at the school.”

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The inspectors felt that teachers, including newly qualified teachers, were positive about the training and development provided for them and that this is having a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching. The report praised the College’s teachers for “establishing a positive climate for learning” and said as a result, attendance is above the national average and students have positive attitudes that support their learning.

Inspectors felt that this has allowed pupils’ confidence to grow as they ask effective questions to deepen their understanding. Pupils’ behaviour was praised with inspectors noting the students “are polite, respectful of the opinions of others, and prepared and willing to learn”.

In order to continue improving, inspectors said the school needed to tackle inconsistencies in the quality of teaching, and advised that non-specialist subject teachers developed their knowledge and skills.