Delight as inspectors say Lynn school is on right track to be outstanding

Headteacher Andy Johnson with some pupils after Springwood High School's good Ofsted report. Picture

Headteacher Andy Johnson with some pupils after Springwood High School's good Ofsted report. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Teachers are celebrating at a King's Lynn high school after a glowing recent Ofsted report.

In the first inspection since it was granted academy status inspectors found Springwood High School, on Queensway, to have remained good.

But comments from the inspectors in the report, based on an inspection in July, showed that the school was on course to become outstanding in the future.

Headteacher Andy Johnson said he was pleased with the report's findings and considered them a fair reflection on the school.

He said: 'We are very happy. We recognise that we want to be an outstanding school and the inspectors recognise that too.

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'We want to improve every element, not just what has been highlighted in the report.

'Obviously the inspectors came before our best set of results ever.

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'I think it would have been a different story if they came in September.

'All the teachers work hard and it is pleasing for them that this has been recognised. The report recognised that the relationships between staff and pupils are 'warm and mutually respectful' which is great.

'Teachers want to work in a happy school and that's what pupils want too.'

In his report, lead inspector Adrian Lyons said: 'This is a rapidly improving school.

'The drive, passion and determination of the headteacher and his team have made a visible impact on all aspects of the school's work.

'Dedicated teachers work extremely hard to ensure that students make good progress, behave well in lessons, and have excellent opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.'

While the report generally praised the school, Mr Lyon did add that the sixth form had not improved as rapidly as the main school and that marking could be inconsistent.

While the school's sixth form was considered good, the inspection found that there was more inconsistency in the quality of teaching.

Despite this, sixth formers saw a 10pc improvement in pupils who got A* to C grades with 52pc achieving A* to B grades this year.

The school also saw a continued improvement in its GCSE results this summer with 69pc of pupils achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English.

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