“Good” times lie ahead for the staff and pupils of Norton College.
Ofsted inspectors have given the school an overall rating of “good” following their visit at the beginning of the month.
It marks a dramatic turnaround for the school which was rated “inadequate” in June last year.
Head teacher Phil Loftus said: “All connected to the College have worked tirelessly to secure a ‘Good’ school for our community. We are all delighted with the judgement but are not complacent and we will continue to work hard to enable all our current students to be brilliant.
“This success is down to hard work and a belief that we all, students, teachers and leaders can always be better, if we try.”
The inspectors highlighted six specific strengths of the school.
l The rapid changes for the good that have been introduced by leaders;
l The significant improvements in GCSE results;
l The good quality of teaching (Ofsted saw 80% of lessons which were good or better;
l The good behaviour in class and around College. Students were very proud of their College;
l The good quality Sixth Form; and
l The desire of Governors and leaders at all levels to continue to improve.
In their report, the inspectors believe Norton College has two areas of improvement to focus on so it can join Ryedale School in earning an overall “outstanding” rating.
Some teaching needs improvement, say the inspectors, and students must become more engaged in learning and developing the skills and responsibility to work independently.
They add that the improvement in the sixth form is very recent and achievement at AS level is inconsistent
During their visit on October 2 and 3, the four-strong inspection team observed 39 lessons, met with students from each year group and talked informally with others in lessons around the school. They also spoke with senior and middle leaders, a group of teachers and representatives of the Governing body and the trust and took account of the Ofsted’s on-line questionnaire, Parent View, and 50 questionnaires completed anonymously by staff shortly before the inspection.