Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Students and staff at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form celebrate receiving Outstanding ratings across the

Students and staff at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form celebrate receiving Outstanding ratings across the board from Ofsted.June 2018. Photo: Inspiration Trust - Credit: Archant

A Norwich sixth form has been rated 'outstanding' in all areas by the education watchdog Ofsted.

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, which is operated by the Inspiration Trust, was praised by inspectors following a two-day visit in May this year.

The college, which opened five years ago at the city's former fire station in Bethel Street, was previously rated good in 2015.

Inspectors this time said everything from the quality of teaching to behaviour and outcomes for students was outstanding.

The report said: 'The ambitious and inclusive vision of senior leaders, governors and trust members has resulted in an outstanding educational experience for students. They thrive because of the very high quality of education that they receive.

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'Students behave commendably. They take pride in their work, attend very well and enjoy their learning. Staff have instilled into students a strong desire to learn. Students work very hard, are keen to improve their work and want to succeed.'

In regard to the college's 369 students, inspectors said: 'Students make very good progress in their studies. In most subjects, their work is of a higher standard than expected, given their prior attainment.

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'Almost all students progress to higher education. Just under half gain places at prestigious universities.'

Inspectors said in order to improve further, college leaders should analyse in more detail how well different groups of students attain places at prestigious universities.

The report said managers should also develop a 'clearer and more effective' approach to work experience for students who plan to progress to employment or apprenticeships.

It said this would enable students to make 'informed decisions' about their next steps.

Sir Isaac Newton principal Chris Jennings said: 'This is an exceptional report and we are incredibly proud of the high quality academic education and pastoral support that we provide for all our students.

'Our students are a massive credit to both the college and themselves. They are brilliant at supporting each other, and are a real scholarly community that loves to learn and are a joy to teach.'

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