Ofsted’s praise for work of academy

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EDUCATION watchdogs have praised a Bognor Regis academy on their first visit.

The five-strong Ofsted team gave The Regis School their second highest rating of good.

They were pleased with the academy overall and praised the standard of teaching as ‘typically good and often outstanding’.

Pastoral care, leadership and governance were also areas singled out for praise.

Lead inspector Mike Collins said: “The principal and senior leaders provide effective leadership.

“They are passionate and determined about providing the best possible education for all students.

“Together with the highly competent and committed governors and willing staff, they have brought about improvements in teaching and attendance that have resulted in strong improvements in students’ progress.

“All groups of students...make at least good and sometimes outstanding progress through the school.

“The sixth form is good and becoming increasingly popular. Students achieve good results in their examinations.”

David Jones, the school’s principal, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the Ofsted judgment which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the school’s staff and our students.

“I am particularly pleased that the inspectors were pleased with the overall standard of teaching.

“We have placed a strong focus on raising the level of teaching throughout the school. So, it is heartening that the inspectors saw evidence teaching and learning are improving.

“We appreciate there is more work to be done but everyone at the school is committed to driving improvements further.”

Mr Jones is set to retire early next year, see bottom story.

The school on Westloats Lane became an academy in January, 2012, under United Learning.

Ofsted published its report last week, just three weeks after the two-day inspection took place.

Every aspect of its work – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and safety and leadership and management – was judged to be good. There were two areas Mr Collins said needed to be tackled before the school could be rated as outstanding.

They were to ensure all teaching was good or better and for more pupils to get the highest GCSE grades.