Grantham school has great pride in Ofsted findings despite drop in grade

'Good' Ofsted report for West Grantham Academy St Hugh's. 302D
'Good' Ofsted report for West Grantham Academy St Hugh's. 302D
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Ofsted has graded a Grantham school as ‘good’ following a previous ‘outstanding’ mark.

But its principal said she is “proud of the findings as a recent overhaul of the Ofsted framework makes it so much harder to achieve the top grade.”

Louise Bennett, principal of West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, said: “This is the first time we’ve been graded on the new framework, so we were aiming for ‘good’ and that’s what we achieved.”

Each category inspectors assessed was graded as ‘good’.

Mrs Bennett spoke of her joy at the report, which praises standards achieved by pupils, improvements in teaching and good leadership and management.

She said she was particularly proud that inspectors noted: “Students are courteous and polite. They enjoy coming to school, feel safe and recognise the improvements that have taken place in the last two years.”

She was also pleased to see how “relationships between students and teachers are good and focus on high achievement” were noticed.

This is encouraged in the school, as is developing their interests and getting them ready for life after school. Every student due to leave St Hugh’s this year has a place in further education, training or work.

Mrs Bennett said: “That’s what it’s about. It’s about making sure their five years are positive and they make progress, but, also, we treat them all as individuals and find out what they want to do.”

The report states that the academy is on target to achieve results close to national averages this year.

A reading programme launched across the academy as a whole has had an impact on students’ rapid progress, said Mrs Bennett.

She added: “Rapid progress has been our focus.”