Tealby School has become the first in the area to be graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted under the new, and more rigorous, inspection framework.
The school received a glowing report and was judged to be Outstanding in all key areas and for overall effectiveness.
“I am delighted with the outstanding judgement for our school,” said Mrs Popplewell.
“Since our last inspection in 2009, the whole school community has pulled together to secure outstanding practice in all key stages and areas of the school’s work.
“We have a very highly skilled staff team, a wonderful group of enthusiastic children and very supportive parents”.
“The success of our school is due to the dedication and commitment of the whole school community.”
One of the key judgements under the new framework is for behaviour and safety of pupils.
“The values-based, family ethos of our school means that children show high levels of respect and consideration for others,” added Mrs Popplewell.
“They are keen to take responsibility and their exemplary attitudes to learning and behaviour contribute significantly to their outstanding achievements”
Under this new framework, it is expected fewer than five percent of schools across the country will achieve an outstanding judgement.
Chairman of governors,Kelly Smith said: “We are delighted with this judgement, which is rightly deserved, and the result of unrelenting efforts to innovate and improve.”
Highlights from the report:
Lead inspector, Aune Turkson-Jones reported: “This is an outstanding school.
“The school gives pupils rich and stimulating learning experiences, and the innovative range of topics…helps to motivate pupils and contributes strongly to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
Giving Quality of Teaching at the school the highest rating, OFSTED reported: “Teachers express their high expectations and lessons are packed with an excellent variety of challenging activities…pupils are highly engaged by the imaginative and creative contexts which underpin their lessons”.
And the report goes on to say: “Pupils learn exceptionally well because they know what is expected of them”.
The outstanding leadership, management and governance of the school is recognised because “they work together with a clear vision and commitment to continuous improvement.
“Their high expectations are reflected throughout the school.”
The full report will be available soon on the Ofsted website.