The city’s only all-through school has been rated good by Government inspectors who described it as “highly inclusive” with pupils who are “well-behaved” and “thrive”.
A team from the Office for Standards in Education visited The Bemrose School, in Uttoxeter New Road, and reported that “there is much joy in this school”.
They described it as calm and harmonious, with pupils who are smart and keen to learn and teachers who work hard to inspire them to achieve their full potential.
They also praised students for their good behaviour and found that “pupils value their teachers and know how hard staff work to help them succeed”.
And they noted that the progress made between key stage two and key stage 4 was better than the national average.
Students who speak English as a second language receive “high-quality and first-rate support” which helps them “learn effectively and make good progress”.
Pupils told inspectors that they were proud of their school and that they felt learning in a diverse community was a privilege which was making them well prepared to be productive citizens in the ‘outside world’ as a result.
The school has 1058 pupils aged between three and 19 years old and is currently expanding to accommodate a further 700 students by 2020.
Executive head teacher Neil Wilkinson, who was described as “determined that all pupils will succeed, no matter what their circumstance or background” said he was delighted with the report.
He added: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of both staff and students at The Bemrose School and pleased that this report confirms the high standard of our work.
“This is an inner city school where the proportion of disadvantaged pupils is double the national average and three quarters of our students come from minority ethnic groups, with half speaking English as a second language.
“The inspectors found that regardless of these challenges this is a school where pupils, no matter what their circumstances, are supported well to achieve.
“I am particularly pleased that inspectors noted our noted our pupils’ good behaviour and positive outlook. The entire school remains committed to further improvements and we are confident that the next time inspectors visit we will have made further advances.”
Inspectors found that in the primary school the proportion of children achieving a good level of development is above the national average and Elmtree, the speciality autism unit, was found to be “particularly effective at supporting pupils”.
Teachers in the sixth form were noted as “extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects” and students make good progress in both academic and vocational subjects.
Inspectors were impressed that pupil’s attendance has improved and is now at the national average and that every student leaving the school in 2017 went into employment, training or further education.
Teaching in English was found to be a particular strength of the school with pupils receiving expert help to gain the reading and writing skills they need to do well in all subjects.
To improve further the school needs to develop the leadership skills of middle leaders and maintain its focus on improving progress in disadvantaged pupils.
Lead inspector Jayne Ashman said: “Teachers take account of individual pupils’ needs in their good lesson planning. They make sure that pupils, even those at arrive at unusual points in the school year, are quickly assimilated and make good progress.
“Pupils said that their teachers have high expectations of them and a ‘belief that they can achieve’ and additional lessons take place after school, in social time and in the school holidays.
“The collective determination of all staff to safeguard pupils’ welfare is palpable. The school serves a community which includes some high levels of deprivation and some pupils lead complex lives.
“Staff take many successful actions to ensure pupils come to school regularly and are safe, well supported and helped to achieve.”
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