Ofsted: Joy for Glinton school rated as ‘outstanding’

Students and staff at Arthur Mellows Village College after its oustanding Ofsted inspection.
Students and staff at Arthur Mellows Village College after its oustanding Ofsted inspection.
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A leading academy in the Peterborough area has been judged as outstanding by government inspectors.

Arthur Mellows Village College, in Helpston Road, Glinton, which has 1,584 pupils, was given the top rating possible after a two day Ofsted inspection last month.

It is the second time the college has received outstanding status - the first time was in its last Ofsted inspection in November 2009.

The academy was judged outstanding for its leadership and management, the behaviour and safety of pupils, the quality of its teaching and the achievement of its pupils.

It sixth form provision was judged to be good.

Mike Sandeman, head of college, said: “This report represents a real team effort from both staff and students.

“It reinforces the excellent examination results recorded in summer 2014 where 79.4 per cent of students obtained five or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics.

He added: “We are extremely pleased to retain outstanding Ofsted status when the benchmark to achieve this award is even higher than previously.”

The report states: “The head teacher, together with a team of dedicated and expert senior leaders and governors, communicates high ambition, and supports and challenges staff to drive improvement and raise standards.

“Students’ achievement at GCSE is outstanding.

“They make rapid progress from their different starting points regardless of their abilities and high proportions exceed expected rates of progress in English and mathematics.

“Disadvantaged students make similar rates of progress to their peers and achieve more highly than other students nationally.

“Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make outstanding progress.”

The report also states that the academy’s ethos is to ensure that constant improvement provides students with outstanding opportunities to learn, achieve and develop their broader skills.

It recognises that disruption to learning is extremely rare and that students are unreservedly proud of their school.

The report praises the standards and effectiveness of the teaching. It adds: “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Students respond and are keen to do well.”

Factfile

- Arthur Mellows Village College converted to become an academy on September 1, 2010 When its predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted and also judged to be outstanding.

- Moving forward the academy has been told that it needs to raise standards of teaching and assessment in all subjects in the sixth form.

- Inspectors say this is necessary so students “make excellent progress and achieve the highest possible grades.”

- The Ofsted report points out that about 12 per cent of the academy’s students are disadvantaged - below the national average - and about 21 per cent are disabled - above average.