A ‘GOOD’ rating from Ofsted inspectors has been welcomed at Stratford School.
The latest report reinforced the status held by the school since 2016, after being told it ‘required improvement’ three years earlier.
Comments from inspectors included praise for the school’s ‘inclusive culture’ and the value and care given to each pupil.
It also talked about the good behaviour of the pupils encouraging a calm, relaxed environment, the support provided by staff to pupils and the range of activities and clubs on offer.
And in the sixth-form division, careers education and lesson material and plans also received praise.
The report did call for more consistency across teaching approaches, including for those with special educational needs and disabilities, although it pointed out teachers understood how to meet those needs, using extra resources and personalised plans.
Headteacher Neil Wallace said: “Clearly this report is a strong endorsement of our direction of travel as a school.
“I’m particularly delighted that the report starts with the word ‘everyone’ as that speaks volumes about the positive culture we have embedded throughout the school. It was heartening hearing inspectors describe the overwhelmingly positive feedback they had received from students, parents and staff about the school. Some 404 parental replies were taken into account which is far in excess of the number most schools generate, and further evidence of the pride felt by everyone connected with the school. We have some outstanding elements of practice at Stratford and we will continue to focus upon ensuring that these flourish and build even greater consistently throughout the school.”