Holbeach school is ‘extraordinary’

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A HOLBEACH secondary school has been described as “extraordinary” by an Ofsted inspector.

The inspection report rated the George Farmer Technology and Language College as good both in overall effectiveness and its capacity for sustained improvement.

The school came under the spotlight in December when inspector Ian Middleton spent two days there.

In his report Mr Middleton said: “George Farmer is an extraordinary school providing a good quality of education due to provision and leadership that are good and outstanding.

“The headteacher’s ambition for the school and commitment to students’ progress sets an example to all and underpins the continuous and innovative developments that make the school popular and successful.

“Students of all abilities make excellent progress due to the strong care, guidance and support provided by teaching and support staff, complemented by an outstanding curriculum that meets students’ needs and aspirations very well. Students and staff look forward to coming to school.”

Mr Middleton praised the sixth form facilities, describing them as “stunning” and saying the prospect of continuing their education and training at the school has raised the aspirations and achievements of a wider group of students.

He said: “Students develop a strong sense of loyalty to the school; their support for extra-curricular activities and study sessions at weekends and holidays is high. Behaviour is good.”

To improve, the school has been asked to develop more of the very best teaching, particularly that which helps students to learn independently, and to raise standards further, particularly where students do less well in relation to other subjects or schools.

Mr Middleton said improvement on issues identified through the 2007 inspection is clearly evident.

He added: “The school’s record results and remarkable success in starting the sixth form indicate that the school is very well placed to continue exceeding its challenging targets.”