School is praised for ‘outstanding’ features

Scalby schoo, and below, headteacher David Read.
Scalby schoo, and below, headteacher David Read.

A SCARBOROUGH school has received lavish praise from a national education watchdog.

Scalby School was hailed as a ‘good school’ by Ofsted inspectors, who said it was driven by “outstanding leadership and management.”

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The impressive result comes as education bosses tighten guidelines to lift standards in education.

The report said: “This a good school and achievement is good.

“Attainment for students is above average and they make good progress in their work.

“Some students make outstanding progress.

“The quality of teaching is good and there is a resolute determination to raise its quality to outstanding.

“In the very best lessons, teachers use engaging strategies to enable all students to make good and outstanding progress.

“The leadership and management structures are also outstanding.

“Senior leaders are extremely well focused and have achieved much since the last inspection.”

The report delved deeper into the school’s recent GCSE successes and curriculum to identify key areas which have worked as a catalyst to provide prolonged strength.

It added: “Results in national exams at the end of Key Stage Four show standards have continued to rise.

“The proportion of students who gained five subjects at the higher grades including English and mathematics has, for the last three years, been above the national average.

“Current analyses of academic performance show results in GCSE and vocational courses are likely to improve again this summer.

“As a result, the school is adapting its curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of these higher-attaining students.

“Expectations in lessons are high and in the best lessons, students made good and better progress with learning capturing their interest.”

Headteacher David Read told the Evening News he was delighted with the inspectors’ findings.

He added: “We are naturally pleased that Ofsted recognises Scalby School as a good school with outstanding leadership and management.

“This judgement has also been made under a tougher inspection regime that has significantly raised the bar on standards since January 2012.

“It therefore reflects well on our students, staff, governors and parents, with whom I feel proud and privileged to work.”