Norwich school celebrates outstanding Ofsted report

A Norfolk school has been praised for its 'relentless pursuit of excellence' in a glittering report by inspectors.

It sees Notre Dame High School in Norwich rated outstanding by Ofsted following a visit last month.

Singled out for praise in the report by inspectors were students' behaviour, leadership and management – headed up by headteacher Brian Conway – and the quality of the school's care, guidance and support, which was described as 'exemplary'.

The curriculum, pupils' achievements, the school's value for money and its contribution to the wider community were also among more than 15 areas rated outstanding.

'Students are not just taught how to pass examinations, but also to become reflective thinkers, with high moral standards and compassion for others,' the inspectors said. 'The school's ethos is one of high expectations in which every student matters. It works hard to realise the full potential of every student, both academically and in preparation for their future lives.'

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Last night, Mr Conway – said by inspectors to have set 'very ambitious targets for academic achievement while maintaining the school's caring and inclusive outlook' – said he was 'absolutely delighted' with the report. He said there was still room for improvement, with Ofsted recommending the school worked on the consistency of teaching to increase the proportion of good and outstanding classes, but said the report had given staff, pupils, parents and governors 'a bit of a lift'.

He added: 'It's quite difficult to move from good to outstanding – you've got to show you have something really exceptional to offer.

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'Our challenge now is to make sure we stay at outstanding.'

Alison Thomas, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for children's services, said: 'Running a successful school requires a great deal of effort and commitment from everybody in the community so every teacher, pupil and parent should be very proud of themselves.'

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