Monday, 20 September 2021

School is rated ‘good’ by inspectors

ICKNIELD Community College in Watlington has been rated as “good” by education watchdog Ofsted.

ICKNIELD Community College in Watlington has been rated as “good” by education watchdog Ofsted.

Lead inspector Sheila Crew and her team visited the Love Lane school in March.

Their report said that students made “consistent and strong progress over time as a result of effective teaching”.

It continued: “The headteacher, leadership team and other senior leaders set very high expectations for the school. They have established an ethos that encourages and supports good behaviour, attitudes and learning.”

Some of the teaching was “outstanding”, including in mathematics, English, science, geography, physical education, textiles and citizenship and the quality overall was “good”.

The inspectors said: “There is a keen focus on academic achievement, which is supported by a broad range of extra-curricular activities.

“Students’ attitudes to learning are very positive. They have particularly warm relationships with teachers that help them make good progress in lessons. Students are happy, well-mannered and courteous.”

Headteacher Mat Hunter said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been awarded an Ofsted grade which accurately reflects the quality of our school now.

“We are particularly pleased that the word ‘outstanding’ is used on more than one occasion and that the report reads so favourably in every area.

“We have a brilliant team at Icknield. I would like to thank our dedicated staff, students and parents for all that they have done to contribute to our ongoing successes.”

Rob Cockrem, chairman of governors, added: “This report is very well deserved and the product of much hard work over the past few years. As a governing body, we are very proud of what the school has achieved and are particularly pleased the headteacher’s outstanding leadership has been acknowledged.”

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