Delight for school as inspectors laud work

One of the country’s first free schools – Stour Valley Community School – has been assessed as good by the schools inspectorate Ofsted.

Nearly two years after opening its doors, the Clare secondary school has been judged as good, with outstanding features.

In two of the four main areas – student behaviour and attendance, and leadership and management – it was rated as outstanding.

The Ofsted inspection took place last Thursday and Friday and, although its full report has yet to be published, the school was told it had achieved a good rating, with outstanding features.

Governors and teachers were told by the lead inspector that he was “very impressed” with what had been achieved at the school.

Headteacher Christine Inchley said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this inspection.

“It is proof of the quality of education that we can offer, and I am very proud of the way the team at the school have worked so hard to achieve such a positive result for our students.

“I am particularly pleased that the behaviour of our students is confirmed to be outstanding.

“Their attitude to learning, to each other and to everyone they come into contact with is exemplary and I am so proud of them.

“As we move forward to our third year, parents can be confident that their children will receive a first-class education.”

Ofsted confirmed it will be 30 to 35 days before the full report is published and the school, which was officially opened by Lord Nash, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for schools last month, was given a summary of the inspector’s findings at the end of the two days.

Ofsted has inspected 11 of the country’s 81 free schools so far, with none rated as outstanding.

Three have received “requires improvement” ratings and seven have received good ratings while one was deemed inadequate.

Stour Valley Community School has 348 pupils, and is on target to achieve its maximum capacity of 575 students in 2015.