Students wear their uniform with pride at Springwood High School in King’s Lynn

Springwood High School headteacher Andy Johnson. Picture: Ian Burt

Springwood High School headteacher Andy Johnson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Education watchdogs have given Springwood High School its second 'good' rating in successive inspections.

Inspectors visited the 1,600 pupil school in King's Lynn last month.

They said pupils learn in 'a calm, orderly environment' and 'wear their uniform with pride'.

Inspectors said the leadership team had maintained the good quality of education in the school noted at its last inspection, in 2013. 'Leaders and teachers emphasise the importance of academic achievement,' they said in their report. 'Pupils respond to these high expectations by working diligently.'

During lesson observations inspectors saw less able pupils being taught without 'always being left to do the easy work' as one student put it.


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The more able pupils, the report notes, 'make more than expected progress'.

Inspectors were also impressed with the 'effective action' the leadership team had taken in tackling the progress of disadvantaged students, which is now improving. The inspectors also wished to emphasise the 'significant and substantial improvements' in the quality of the teaching and learning and breadth of experience the school's sixth form now offered.

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Andy Johnson, executive headteacher of Springwood High School and West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: 'I am immensely proud of all the staff and students following this inspection.

'It is great to see the creativity, innovation and the sheer hard work of the staff being acknowledged in this way. It is the third good rating the school has received in the last six years. Our values of constantly challenging what we do ensure the best outcomes for all our students and will help contribute to outstanding in three years time.'

Ofsted identified some issues to address. Inspectors said the school must monitor and sustain its work with disadvantaged students and ensure the quality they found in the work with older students is more securely embedded in the lower school.

Roger Livesey, Chair of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said, 'This is now the second of our high schools to get a good in the most recent round of Ofsted inspections, which must prove that we are doing something right. Special thanks to our parents who rated our school incredibly highly in the parent view survey.'

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