Fun school gets an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

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Making learning fun has earned The Deepings school an “outstanding” Ofsted report.

In the same week as a damning report on Sir John Gleed School in Spalding was published, the Deepings is riding high with top marks across the board.

Inspectors visited the school last month and concluded that the achievement, quality of teaching, student behaviour and leadership and governance at the school were all outstanding.

They commented: “Teachers make learning fun. They are enthusiastic about their subjects and know them well.

“Outstanding teaching is based on excellent relationships between staff and pupils. Students take on many different responsibilities. What they have to say is taken very seriously and used to improve the quality of their education and surroundings.”

The school, which was also judged as outstanding in 2009, was particularly praised for its consistently high GCSE results – 68 per cent gaining five A*-C grades, including English and maths.

Inspectors highlighted the significance of teachers’ high expectations of students as a key factor of classroom achievement.

They said: “Teachers, including the headteacher, are rigorously held to account for the success of the students. Members of the governing body closely monitor all aspects of school life.”

The school joined CfBT Schools Trust in February last year and inspectors commented: “It has been well-supported during its conversion to become an academy. School leaders draw expertise from the local authority and the academy trust.”

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as outstanding once again by Ofsted.

“The success of our school is a real team effort with the leadership team, governors, teaching staff, administrative staff, students, parents and wider school community all playing an important part.”

Chairman of governors Jonathan Theobalds said: “The report provides a brilliant spring board for the eagerly awaited September opening of our new state of the art sixth form centre and the exciting remodelling of the school organisational structure.’’