School celebrates good Ofsted rating

Astley Community High School who have been rated Good by Ofsted.
Astley Community High School who have been rated Good by Ofsted.

Staff and pupils at a school told to improve two years ago are celebrating after inspectors gave its turnaround the thumbs up.

Following an inspection by Ofsted in 2013, Astley Community High School was told it “required improvement”.

But now it has been rated good following an inspection at the end of last year.

The latest Ofsted report said: “Improving the quality of teaching has been at the heart of the school’s work. Teaching is now consistently good and some is inspirational.

“Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. Pupils are considerate and courteous. They value learning and take pride in their work.”

Executive headteacher, John Barnes, said: “This is fantastic news for our school. Ofsted recognised that improvements in attainment and progress are being sustained by current students, which reflects the continuous hard work and determination of our staff to ensure all learners succeed.”

Chair of Governors, Susan Dungworth, said: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the Ofsted report and its acknowledgement of our commitment to improve standards and close gaps in achievement.

“It provides the ideal platform for us to continue our drive forward.”

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s Services, added: “We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the improvements made at the school over the past two years which is down to the hard work of all the teachers and pupils.”