A SECONDARY school in Sheffield is enjoying a double celebration after the opening of a new building coincided with an outstanding inspection report.
All Saints RC High, on Granville Road close to the city centre, was also praised for its first class sixth form and for the way it is led by a dynamic and inspirational management team keen to do their best for all pupils.
Ofsted inspectors found equality of opportunity was at the heart of the school’s work, as students with difficulties or disadvantages were able to participate fully in a wide range of learning activities.
Any area of under-achievement was swiftly tackled so the differences in performance between students was rapidly reducing.
Inspectors said despite disruption from building work, a calm atmosphere had remained and students were excited about the new facilities, speaking proudly about their contribution to its design.
Pupil behaviour was outstanding and they made good progress, reaching above average academic standards.
Inspectors found GCSE results were above national average and were improving at a faster rate than was usual.
Most students enjoyed school and attendance was above average, with almost all progressing into further education.
Teaching was good overall and in some lessons outstanding practice was observed.
Headteacher Bob Sawyer said: “This is a fantastic result and one which our students and staff thoroughly deserve.
“This outcome is particularly impressive given we have all been working in temporary accommodation over the last year. I am very proud of our students and grateful to their parents for their excellent support.”
The final phase of the building work will be completed by September with the opening of maths and English suites, an open-plan art suite, language lab, state-of-the-art technology and food rooms and a new sixth form teaching centre.
n See the full report at www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_reports/display/(id)/132777