Outstanding: Thorpe St Andrew pupils tell us about their school

Thorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Annabel Mccarthy .Photo: Steve Adams Thorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Annabel Mccarthy .Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:29 AM

We asked five Thorpe St Andrew pupils about their school, which has just been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted. This is what they told us.

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Thorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Annie Webb. Photo: Steve AdamsThorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Annie Webb. Photo: Steve Adams

Annabel Mccarthy, 15, said: “We have student leaders, which is in year 11. I am one of them. We arrange stuff for our house and do mentoring with the younger years to help them. For example, reading for Year 7 for some who find it hard to do literature, and we do mentoring for individual subjects if they find it difficult.”

Annie Webb, 12, said: “I think it’s a nice place to be. I have mentoring on my maths and it really helps. The teacher can’t explain it individually to everyone, so when you have a mentor there they can explain it just to you and slow it down.”

Matt Dwornik, 18, said: “There’s a friendly atmosphere. The teachers and students really get on, particularly in the sixth form where the teachers treat you like peers. They give you individual time to work, as well as the ability to get help from other teachers depending on how you like to learn.”

Sophie Demellweek, 17, said: “As soon as a student comes into the school they are given target grades. It’s important so people know how they are improving. It’s even more important in GCSEs and A-levels. I find teachers know each individual student’s strengths and weakness. Especially in the sixth form, you feel you are getting really personalised teaching.”

Thorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Matt Dwornik Photo: Steve AdamsThorpe St Andrew High pupils in a jubilant mood after learning that their school has been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Matt Dwornik Photo: Steve Adams

Billy Plummer, 16, said: “We get a lot of guidance and if you want any advice the teachers are really helpful. Some people might not know what choices to make, but their teachers know them in their subjects so they can give a helping hand.”

• Ofsted joy for Norfolk’s biggest high school as Thorpe St Andrew School is declared “outstanding”

• Outstanding: Seven key quotes from Thorpe St Andrew School’s top-grade Ofsted report

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