Whittlesey school’s praise from Ofsted

Sir Harry Smith Community College Whittlesey pupils with principal Jonathan Digby following their good Ofsted report EMN-141215-200104009
Sir Harry Smith Community College Whittlesey pupils with principal Jonathan Digby following their good Ofsted report EMN-141215-200104009
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A Whittlesey school is giving children a good education according to a new report.

Sir Harry Smith Community College, in Eastrea Road, was praised by independent body Ofsted for the behaviour and safety of its pupils, the quality of teaching and the achievement of its pupils.

Sixth form provision and leadership and management were also acclaimed after the inspectors’ visit in November.

The school received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted, who described principal Jonathan Digby as an “effective leader” who, with the support of school governors, “has improved the quality of teaching and the achievement of students.”

The report indicated that students make good progress in most subjects, including English and maths. It added that the gap between the achievement of disadvantaged students and other students is decreasing rapidly.

Disabled students and those with special educational needs are also said to be making good progress.

Reflecting on the report, Mr Digby said: “I am delighted that the inspection team have agreed with our own judgement that we are a ‘good’ school.

“I was also very pleased that the inspectors recognised the improvement in behaviour and quality of teaching, as well as our strong focus on raising standards.

“This has led to students making good progress, especially in English and mathematics, achieving above the national average for five or more GCSE passes at A* to C grades for the past three years.”

Stephen Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, said: “I congratulate staff and pupils on this Ofsted report. It is clear the school is doing really well and that students are enjoying a good education with plenty of extracurricular activities to choose from. It is particularly pleasing to see the progress being made by disadvantaged students.”