Old Buckenham High rated ‘good’ after school inspection

Staff and students at Old Buckenham High are celebrating after their school was rated 'good' following an inspection.

The Ofsted inspection on May 23 and 24 took place during a blitz of other schools in the county.

The specialist sports college was given a 'good' rating in all key areas, including achievement, teaching, leadership and management, and behaviour and safety.

Headteacher Peter Whear said he was 'delighted' with the report, which put the high school on course towards its goal for 'outstanding' status.

Ofsted inspectors praised the above average GCSE results in English and maths last year, 'strong leadership and management at all levels' and observed that 'teachers have a good rapport with students which underpins the learning.'

Mr Whear, who was appointed head at the 600-pupil school in January 2010, said: 'The inspection team recognised how good the school has become and the huge strides we have already taken in our goal to become an outstanding school. I should like to pay tribute to the great professionalism demonstrated as ever by the fantastic staff and the commitment shown by our wonderful governors. Students played an enormous part too in speaking with such pride and confidence to the team. This is a school we are all very proud of.'

The school has been asked to improve consistency in students' learning experiences and broaden pupils' horizons and awareness of cultural diversity.

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