Oswaldtwistle school celebrates more Ofsted sucess

A classroom scene

A classroom scene

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A HIGH school is celebrating its third ‘good’ Ofsted report in a row.

Inspectors said the number of pupils at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School in Oswaldtwistle getting good GCSEs has risen rapidly.

Ofsted also concluded that leaders had steered the school successfully through ‘turbulent financial waters’.

The inspectorate said a high percentage of students were achieving expected and better than expected levels in English and maths.

Head teacher Paul Trickett said: “I am very proud that Ofsted have once again recognised the magnificent job that our staff do with our students.

“In these days of tighter and tighter criteria, it is very easy to slip into the ‘requires improvement’ category, so it is particularly pleasing to achieve this result and to read the very positive comments.

“It is also comforting to know that we can now concentrate on what we do very well for at least three Ofsted-free years!”

David Brunskill, chairman of governors, added: “The most impressive comments were regarding our teaching, the safe environment, support system and the recognition through the contribution of all staff we have continued to grow, develop and deliver good education.”

In his report, lead inspector Stephen Wall said: “Teaching is usually good with some that is outstanding. Teachers know their subjects well, plan their lessons effectively and forge strong relationships with the students.”

Ofsted said students joined the school with below average attainment but went on to make good progress.

Mr Wall added: “School records show that intervention is especially successful in bringing about significant improvement in some students’ attitudes to school and their behaviour.

“Students are proud of their school. They take good care of the building which is free of litter and graffiti. Students wear their uniforms correctly without being constantly reminded and bring the right equipment to lessons.”

He added that the governing body has ‘a firm grasp on finances’ and had understood and tackled successfully the impact of a reduction in student numbers on the school’s finances.

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