Inspectors praise teaching at school

Pupils from Jack Hunt School who have just gained a Good OFSTED rating EMN-170218-170406009
Pupils from Jack Hunt School who have just gained a Good OFSTED rating EMN-170218-170406009
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Good teaching and strong community links have helped a secondary school retain its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Jack Hunt School in Peterborough was given the rating after an inspection earlier this month.

The report showed the school was close to gaining an ‘outstanding’ grade.

The inspectors said: “Teaching is good. Most teachers are well prepared, have high expectations of pupils and manage behaviour effectively.”

The inspectors also praised community links built by the school, the behaviour of pupils, and the school’s ability to integrate pupils who are not fluent English speakers,

They said: “Your school is inclusive. More than half of your pupils join the school without English as their first language. Some have newly arrived in the country; some join at times other than the start of the year, or have missed long periods of schooling.

“You meet the challenge by removing the barriers this presents so that pupils integrate fully and make good progress.”

Head Pamela Kilbey welcomed the inspection’s findings, and said she was proud of the achievements at the school.

She said: “HMI has recognised that we have worked on the areas from the last Inspection in May 2013, and that we are ‘securely good’ with only one area to improve on to be recognised as outstanding.

“We are very proud of the tremendous work we do here to support all the students in our care, and how we give them the widest range of opportunities, whilst being aspirational and ensuring that they make significantly better than average progress.”

While the inspectors were positive about the progress being made at the school, they said work needed to be done in maths.

The report said: “Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that the strategies introduced to raise achievement in mathematics, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, are routinely monitored to check that progress accelerates and outcomes achieved by pupils in mathematics match those achieved in English.”