Excellence is an ‘everyday expectation’ at Norwich free school, inspectors say

Images at Jane Austen College, Norwich. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Images at Jane Austen College, Norwich. Picture: Angela Sharpe - Credit: Angela Sharpe Photography

A Norwich free school is a place where 'excellence and endeavour are everyday expectations', according to Ofsted inspectors.

Claire Heald, executive principal at Jane Austen College. Picture: Andi Sapey

Claire Heald, executive principal at Jane Austen College. Picture: Andi Sapey - Credit: Archant

Jane Austen College, in Colegate, was rated as outstanding in four out of five categories after a visit in October which saw three inspectors visit 36 lessons.

The school, which opened in 2014, was rated good for quality of teaching, learning and assessment and given an overall rating of good in the inspection, which is its first.

The report praised the 'exceptional progress' made by pupils, which it says is down to staff instilling the 'highest expectations of what they can achieve'.

'Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities generally make better progress than other pupils nationally,' it said.

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'Standards of behaviour are typically very high. Pupils are polite, respectful, considerate and proud of their school.'

It also noted that a 'higher proportion of students [go] onto university than is typically seen nationally'.

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The school, which is part of the Inspiration Trust, became the top performing state sixth form in Norfolk in August after 91pc of students received A* to C grades in its first set of A-Level results.

The report quotes parents of college pupils, including one who says their child has become happier and is 'producing an amazing standard of work' since arriving at Jane Austen.

Claire Heald, executive principal, said: 'This is an amazing report for the college, and reflects the fantastic attitude and approach of our students and staff.

'We set out to do something different with Jane Austen College and provide high quality education for the city, and Ofsted have recognised that is exactly what we are doing.

'It is particularly pleasing to read the warm words from our pupils and parents, because our success is down to the wonderful support we receive from our whole school community.'

To improve, the report said the school should continue to address 'remaining inconsistencies in teaching'.

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