Smithdon High School in Hunstanton is improving, says Ofsted inspector

A high school which was given notice to improve is making 'satisfactory progress', according to the government's education watchdog.

Ofsted inspectors rated Smithdon High School, in Hunstanton, as inadequate when they visited it in April.

They listed improvements which were needed to teaching, pupils' attainment and management at the school.

In a letter to head John Goodchild reviewing the 993-pupil school's progress to date, inspector Stephen Abbott says: 'Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school is making satosfactory progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising pupils' attainment.'

Mr Abbott said attainment in Year 11 had been higher than the previous two years.

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He said more effort had beeen devoted to teacher assessments after 'unexpectedly weak' GCSE results in 2010.

But he adds: 'However the inaccuracy of assessment in previous years makes it difficult to guage current progress.'

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During the monitoring visit teaching observed by the inspector was described as being 'satisfactory'.

Areas singled out for improvement last April include ensuring consistent standards of behaviour around the school and developing the skills of middle managers to ensure good practice is shared.

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