A GLOWING report has left Saddleworth’s only secondary school celebrating as they were endorsed as ‘good’ in all criteria.
Ofsted inspectors carried out a two-day visit to Saddleworth School to access the pupils, the staff, quality of teaching and behaviour.
The inspectors attended lessons, met pupils, staff and governors and looked carefully at pupils’ work to scrutinise the quality of marking and feedback.
Their report finds the headteacher, senior leaders, middle leaders managers and governors all have a sharp focus on improvement and a clear vision.
The quality of teaching is good with senior and middle leaders continuing to drive for improvement in teaching and achievement.
The inspection team also found the 1,350 students’ behaviour was good, showing courtesy, respect and a pride in their appearance.
Good teaching has led to high attainment, with pupils doing significantly better than their peers nationally in English and achieving well in Mathematics.
The school was last inspected in December 2010 and was then also rated ‘good’.
Matthew Milburn, Saddleworth School headteacher, said: “We’re very happy with this Ofsted report and huge credit should go to all the pupils and staff for gaining such a positive outcome.
“We know nationally the Ofsted inspection regime has got much tougher since we were last inspected, so this is a positive result.
“There is still plenty for us to work on and improve. The judgement is a real vote of confidence and enables us to look to the future in the knowledge we are on the right track.
“We now want to build on these achievements so we can deliver the very best learning opportunities for our children that will help them to reach their full potential.”
The inspection also found pupils get good information, advice and guidance and they are well prepared for their next steps in education or employment.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education they receive is good and it prepares them well for life in modern Britain.
Brian Lord, chair of the governors, added: “I am particularly delighted by their view of the school’s management including the senior management team and the board of governors.
“This positive leadership is essential if the school is to move up to ‘outstanding’.
“Against a background of difficulties, the day to day work of the school has not been neglected.
“The result is a credit and testimony to the hard work of both staff and students and I thank them for it.”
To read the report online go to: www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk and enter the school’s URN number: 105736 in the request box.
Find out more about Saddleworth School on their website.