School has formula for Ofsted praise

Students at King Ecgbert School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.
Students at King Ecgbert School celebrate their outstanding Ofsted report.
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It is all adding up at a popular Sheffield secondary school – which has been rated outstanding in a new inspection report.

Maths is the jewel in the crown at Dore’s King Ecgbert School – achievement levels in the subject are said to be ‘truly exceptional’ and are among the top two per cent in the country.

The inspection team found students loved the subject because of the superb quality of the teaching.

Overall progress by pupils is also excellent.

Attainment levels when they start classes are often average, but during their time in school they make rapid progress.

GCSE pass rates are consistently well above average and students are motivated by imaginative activities in subjects such as English, art and history.

Behaviour was found to be good and attendance levels were above average, with pupils valuing their education.

The sixth form is also outstanding, inspectors say, with students making outstanding progress on a wide range of courses.

Disabled and other special needs youngsters are making great progress too, while those with autism receive the best care and guidance.

Headteacher Lesley Bowes, who has been at the school for three years, is praised for her relentless energy and high standards.

With her senior staff she has continuously improved the teaching and raised the bar around the school.

Mrs Bowes said the whole school was absolutely delighted with the report, which had moved the school’s rating from good to the top grade.

She said: “We have an absolute focus on high quality teaching and learning.

“And we are also determined that every single child should reach their potential, regardless of their starting point.

“The quality of maths here is superb – it has always been strong but it has moved on from there.”

She said the school was determined not to be complacent.

Mrs Bowes said: “We want our young people to achieve excellence and to move on to become happy successful adults.

“We are also set on sustaining, maintaining and improving our current standards.”