Wisbech high school classed as ‘good’ by Ofsted for their “quality of teaching” - two years since requiring improvement

Marshland High School is rated as 'good'

Marshland High School is rated as 'good' - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech high school has been classed as ‘good’ by education inspectors for “the quality of teaching, learning and assessment”- two years since they needed to improve in all areas.

Marshland High School was praised by Ofsted in all four areas following the inspection last month.

The education watchdog was particularly pleased with pupils’ “positive attitudes to learning”.

The last time the school was inspected in September 2014, where they were found to require improvement across all areas.

Since then the school in West Walton has been sponsored by the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

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They also had a significant change in leadership 18 months ago.

Inspectors identified that, “since the school became an academy, leaders, governors and the trust has ensured that there has been a culture of raising aspirations for pupils.”

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Headteacher, Craig Jansen, who joined the school this year, said: “I have been immensely impressed with the high calibre of teachers, middle and senior leaders.

“Our pupils demonstrated to the inspecting team that they are proud of their school.”

Marshland High School has recently been one of the highest performing secondary schools in West Norfolk.

The governments new progress measure has identified them as being one of the top 20 per cent of schools for progress in the country.

Ofsted judged that, “pupils’ progress at the end of key stage 4 was above or in line with that of pupils nationally in a range of subjects, whatever their starting points.”

In addition, “pupils with low prior attainment made significantly better progress than similar pupils nationally in English.”

Ofsted inspectors added: “Leaders have maintained their focus on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the school.

“Middle leaders are energetic and enthusiastic” and that the trust, “is helping them to grow and develop in their roles.”

Roger Livesey, chair of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, said: “Our Trust is delighted with this inspection report. It is vindication of all the hard work put in by the staff of Marshland High School.

“They are a talented staff, dedicated to the education of the pupils at the school, something that is very evident in this report. Congratulations to the staff, pupils and governors at the school.”

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