Beccles school Ofsted report highlights pupils’ ‘outstanding’ behaviour

Sir John Leman High School headteacher Michael Taylor.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Sir John Leman High School headteacher Michael Taylor.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Beccles school has been graded good with outstanding features following its recent Ofsted inspection. Sir John Leman High School was graded good in four of the five key areas including effectiveness of leadership and management and quality of teaching, with the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils rated outstanding.

The report, which was published on Friday, said the school has improved significantly since the last inspection and that the positive relationships between pupils and teachers are a distinctive feature.

It said pupils feel safe in school, attendance is above average because they enjoy school and parents have exceptionally high opinions of the school.

Headteacher Michael Taylor said they are delighted with the report.

'We got outstanding for behaviour and welfare which is really positive and says a great deal about the ethos and culture of the school,' he said.

'We are a school of choice for lots of parents in this area and the surrounding area because we offer a good quality education, as well as emotional and social support.

'One of the other things that is very pleasing to hear compared to last time is an improvement in the sixth form. That's been a focus for us because we were aware it was a bit behind the rest of the school.

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'We will continue on our journey to improve and continue to provide a really good quality education for students.'

The report said sixth form leaders have an indepth understanding of the strengths and areas for development which has led to increased student progress in 2016, with almost all subjects being broadly in line with national averages.

It also said the school's broad and balanced curriculum combines with an impressive range of extracurricular activities to raise achievement.

In order to improve further, the report said the school needs to improve teaching so that pupils achieve exceptionally well, strengthen leadership and management and improve sixth form provision by setting aspirational targets for attendance and monitoring students' progress towards them.

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