Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey rated “good” by Ofsted

Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey.

Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey. - Credit: Archant

The head teacher at Sir Harry Smith Community College says he is “delighted” with his school’s “good” Ofsted rating, which he says reflects the dedication of staff.

The inspectors highlighted the good behaviour of students, which they say stems from a pride in the college and a strong bond with their teachers.

Students are making good progress, especially in English and maths, achieving above the national average for five or more GCSE passes at A* to C grades for the past three years, the report says.

The report said: Students make good progress in most subjects, including English and mathematics. Disabled students and those with special educational needs make good progress.

“Students benefit from good teaching in most subjects. They are proud of their school and behave with respect and consideration towards each other.

“Relationships between staff and students are positive. Behaviour is good and students feel safe in school.

“The gap between the achievement of disadvantaged students and that of other students in the school is decreasing rapidly.

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“The sixth form is good. Students achieve well, especially in vocational subjects, and are well prepared for the next stage in their education and adult life.”

To become “outstanding”, teachers need to push the brightest students more so they fulfil their potential.

Head teacher Jonathan Digby said: “This report reflects the very hard work and dedication shown every day by all of our staff, who always put our students first.

“I am delighted that the inspection team have agreed with our own judgement that we are a good school.

“I was also very pleased that the inspectors recognised the improvement in behaviour and quality of teaching, as well as our strong focus on raising standards.

“We recognise that we are not yet outstanding and have a clear framework to reach this goal.

“The inspection confirmed our own self-evaluation and we are clear as to what we have to do to provide an even better education for our students.”