Ofsted inspectors say Raunds school continues to be good

Ofsted has said the school continues to be good
Ofsted has said the school continues to be good

Inspectors have said Manor School Sports College continues to be a good school following a recent visit.

Ofsted inspectors visited the secondary school in Raunds last month and conducted a number of lesson observations across the school as well as meeting with staff and students.

Their report said the school has maintained the good quality of education seen in the previous inspection, which was carried out in May 2012.

They also said senior leaders monitor pupils’ behaviour closely, effective action has been taken to ensure that the most-able students achieve as highly as they should, action has been taken on the areas where pupils did not achieve as they should have at GCSE in 2015 and subject leaders work closely with senior leaders to check on pupils’ outcomes and on the quality of teaching.

The inspectors added that standards in the sixth form are now much improved when compared to 2015 outcomes and senior leaders have developed strong links with the feeder primary schools to ensure that pupils’ transition between Years 6 and 7 is smooth.

The report sent to the school principal added: “You and the other leaders have created an inclusive culture that encourages pupils to celebrate their differences and to support each other in their learning and their wider development.

“Pupils receive a wealth of opportunities to secure their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Principal Linda Brooks said: “I am delighted that the hard work of governors, teachers, associate staff and students has been recognised by this independent review body.

“I would particularly like to thank all parents/carers who took the opportunity to share their views about Manor School Sports College via parent view.

“The response was overwhelmingly positive and this really shows the strength of our partnership working.

“I say often that a successful school is one where governors, parents, teachers, associate staff and students work in partnership and this was so evident during this Section 8 inspection.

“Thank you.”

While the school has been told it continues to be good, the inspectors have suggested two steps which the school could take for further improvement.

These are for leaders to embed the strategies that are already in place to improve the progress of the most-able pupils across all subjects, but particularly in French, geography and history, and to monitor closely and evaluate the impact of actions leaders are taking to improve the attendance of disadvantaged pupils.

To read the Section 8 inspection report in full, search for Manor School Sports College on the Ofsted website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted.