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Summerhill a "good" school - Ofsted

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A school in Kingswinford has been rated as “good” following a visit from Ofsted.

Inspectors visiting Summerhill School praised leaders, staff and students at the Lodge Lane site for the progress they were making. It was rated as “requires improvement” following a previous inspection in January 2017.

The report, published today, says pupils “dress smartly”, “work hard” and “try their best”. Inspectors said bullying was rare at the school, and that most pupils behaved well and respectfully towards staff and peers.

Inspectors said pupils were making “strong progress” as a result of the quality of teaching. The report said the quality of teaching was “continually improving”, with inspectors adding that teachers knew the skills and abilities of their students and had “high expectations of their pupils”. Ofsted praised staff for communicating their “genuine belief in pupils’ academic ability and personal potential”.

Senior leaders were also praised in the report, with inspectors saying they had “positively transformed the culture and ethos of Summerhill School”.

Inspectors said the school could improve further by continuing to improve communication with parents and further improve the quality of teaching.

Mr Adrian Cresswell, acting headteacher at Summerhill, said:

We are delighted with the findings of the report, which highlights several real areas of strength in our school.
I’d like to pay tribute to staff and governors who have worked very hard to secure improvement at Summerhill and to thank parents, carers and students for their essential contributions.
A positive Ofsted report can now help our community move forwards together with greater confidence and pride.
Despite the many positive comments in the report, we are not complacent. Even since the start of April, we have continued to develop and improve the ways that we work with a view to making further improvements over the coming months.”

Inspectors visited the school on April 3 and April 4 this year. They spoke to staff, pupils, governors and a parent as well as observing several lessons.

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