December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A headteacher was delighted to see her school achieve a good rating under the new Ofsted inspection framework.
Inspectors visited Greneway Middle School earlier this month, and gave the school a good overall rating, while also praising pupils’ learning behaviour and safety as outstanding.
Headteacher Laura Rawlings said: “The staff were delighted that their continued hard work with the pupils was recognised, and that the Ofsted team was impressed by the children and staff.
“This new framework for inspection is even more rigorous and challenging, and I am extremely pleased that the inspectors recognised the many strengths of our school, and that we are a good school with outstanding features.”
The inspection team noted that the school was calm and well-ordered, staff and pupils showing the highest standards of conduct at all times.
The levels of care and support for all pupils were key strengths of the school’s practice.
Pupils’ attitudes to learning demonstrated a developing love of learning.
In his report, lead inspector Matthew Spoors also described “outstanding practice in a wide range of subjects, where teachers have high expectations of pupils and develop good working relationships in the classroom.”
The report also outlined some key areas of improvement, including developing more independent learning across the curriculum, and implementing best practice in developing pupils’ writing across the school.
Greneway’s “good” rating matches that of Royston’s other middle school, Roysia, which is also part of the Royston Schools Academy trust.
They were visited by inspectors at the end of the summer term, and achieved an overall “good” rating.