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Good Ofsted celebrated
CHILDREN, staff and governors at Ringwood School are celebrating a good rating from Ofsted.
The school was judged by inspectors as good with outstanding features, after their visit on just before the end of the summer term.
And inspectors described the sixth form as “outstanding”.
The report said: “Student behaviour is outstanding both in lessons and around the school. They talk positively about their school, are polite and welcoming and take considerable responsibility in school life.”
The report praised the school’s leadership team, described teaching in the sixth form as “outstanding” and said the curriculum is matched to the needs of the students.
Headteacher Christina Edwards said: “We are really pleased with the report, which clearly recognises the progress the school has made since the last inspection.
“The sixth form has again been graded as 1 overall, with achievement, teaching and leadership all recognised as outstanding.
“The report recognises the quality of the curriculum we offer in the main school and sixth form, together with the outstanding range of opportunities we provide to develop students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
“We offer a strong academic curriculum that is GCSE and A-level-based.
“The lead inspector was very clear in his feedback to me that student achievement was well on the way to being outstanding under the new criteria.”
The inspection was carried out under the new Ofsted regime, which has raised the bar with the intention of making it much more difficult to achieve the highest grades in each area.
Ringwood School is a National Teaching Academy – much larger than the average sized secondary school - with more than 1,620 students on its roll, including 325 in the sixth form.
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