Ofsted praise for Peele

Peele poets (from left) Rose guest, Summer Mace, Chiara Calaby and Robyn Sever. Photo: SG311011-37MD
Peele poets (from left) Rose guest, Summer Mace, Chiara Calaby and Robyn Sever. Photo: SG311011-37MD

EDUCATIONAL standards watchdog Ofsted has praised Long Sutton’s Peele Community College for “making English real” and for creating independent learners in the subject.

Peele is so highly rated that it is featured on Ofsted’s good practice website.

Peele Radio Station girls (from left) Lauren Horspool, Stacey Andrews and Rosie Summers. Photo: SG311011-39MD

Peele Radio Station girls (from left) Lauren Horspool, Stacey Andrews and Rosie Summers. Photo: SG311011-39MD

Headteacher Ian Charles said: “This success, coupled with the outstanding 2011 English GCSE results of 66 per cent A*-C, demonstrate the excellent work being carried out by the English department to support and challenge students of all ages.”

Innovative teaching has seen students set up, write and produce a radio soap focusing on issues affecting teenagers – which went out on the in-school radio station, which broadcasts daily.

Students are encouraged to be independent and have organised the college preparations for the county-wide Slam Jam poetry competition.

Mr Charles said: “The Slam Jam competition, led by English teacher Maria King, is one example of the enrichment activities outside the classroom.”

The headteacher paid tribute to head of English Tessa Harpham and Lincolnshire educational consultant Steve Wilshaw.

Peele’s acclaim came after it hosted the Ofsted national adviser for English, Phil Jarred.