A Gainsborough secondary school has been judged as ‘outstanding’ after its latest Ofsted inspection.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate visited Queen Elizabeth’s High School (QEHS) in Gainsborough in January and after speaking to a number of students, scrutinising work, observing learning and classroom practice, interviewing senior leaders and analysing the school’s own tracking data and safeguarding procedures it was concluded that the provision of education at the grammar school remained ‘outstanding’.
The report said that there was a “culture of high expectations for all pupils within asupportive environment.
“Staff listen to pupils, cater for their individual needs and support them in their wellbeing.”
As a result, pupils of the school consistently achieve above national average results.
Nearly all QEHS pupils achieve 5A* to C with English and Mathematics at GCSE with the progress of students achieving more than expected also exceeding national averages.
While the standards set in education are high at the school, there is a strong vision from the headteacher that the school should serve the needs of the local community.
Head Teacher, David Allsop, said he was delighted with the outcome of this year’s report.
He said: “I’m thrilled that the hard work evidenced by senior leaders and teaching staff has beenrecognised by Ofsted again this year.
“Pupils have also openly shared their experiences of being taught here and it’s rewarding to hear that not only are they exceeding national averages and meeting the high standards we set in education, but they are also developing emotionally and are able to use the resources we have in place here to ensure their wellbeing is also being catered for.”
Chair of Governors, David Holmes, was also delighted with the Inspector’s report.
He said: “This was a fantastic outcome for QEHS that reflects the outstanding and ongoing efforts of all staff and students, and the determination to be the best they can be.
“This is something we all can, and should, take great pride in.
“Well done to all concerned.”
Pupils who met with inspectors reported that “they had effective relationships with their teachers, that behaviour in lessons was good and they were able to learn well.
“The open dialogue between pupils and their peers and between pupils and their teachers is therefore indicative of the inclusive culture of the school.”
The school encourages students to set their sights high when they leave the sixth form whether that be at University, employment of in an apprenticeship and around 60 per cent of students are first generation university entrants.