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OTTERY: ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results across the board at Kings

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The King’s School in Ottery St Mary has achieved “outstanding” status across the board, following a recent Ofsted inspection. The school achieved the highest possible score in all four of the key inspection criteria, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. Inspectors reserved particular praise for the “positive” working relationships between staff and students, which enabled pupils to learn more effectively. The inspectors’ report stated: “Teachers have high expectations and manage their classes very well. They know their students exceptionally well and use this knowledge to plan and adapt lessons to meet their needs. “Positive relationships between staff and students, based on mutual respect, mean that learning is able to progress rapidly.” The report also specified that the proportion of students achieving five or more GCSE grades at A* to C was “well above average”, and that Headteacher Faith Jarrett was an “inspiration” to everyone at the school. Commenting on the report, Ms Jarrett said that while the school had received “outstanding” results in the past, this was the first time it had hit the highest levels right across the board. She said: “The report is a really good reflection on the key aspect of teamwork - students, staff, parents and governors have all worked together to achieve this result. It really is the gold standard. “Ofsted has got a lot more rigorous in recent years and they have raised the bar quite considerably again. It is a tough process but all we can do is give it our best shot, and this year the report has validated our judgements. “The ethos of the school and the attitudes of students have set us apart. There is an excellent relationship between staff and students and they are very supportive of each other. “Students come here and they want to learn, and they have made outstanding progress again.” Announcement of the inspection results was delayed for a short time as a mark of respect to the late Liza Rogers, a member of the teaching staff who died suddenly last month. And Ms Jarrett dedicated the success of the report to her many years of service to the school. She added: “Mrs Rogers was a phenomenal teacher and much loved and respected by students past and present, as well as her colleagues. “Such an outstanding report is very much due to the superb contribution that people like Mrs Rogers have made over many years, so I am sure the whole school would join me in dedicating the report to her as a truly outstanding teacher who will be much missed.”


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