Emsworth school keeps up outstanding Ofsted grades

Outstanding Ofsted ' head teacher Phil Johnson with year-10 pupils. '''Picture by Louise Adams C131251-1
Outstanding Ofsted ' head teacher Phil Johnson with year-10 pupils. '''Picture by Louise Adams C131251-1

PRAISE has been heaped on a school celebrating its third ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in a row.

Glenwood School, in Washington Road, Emsworth, received the highest possible rating in all areas in its latest inspection, published last week.

“We were all very pleased and proud with the outcome of our latest inspection,” said head teacher Phil Johnson.

“All staff are highly committed to providing the very best possible educational experience for all our pupils, including the development of their personal, social and emotional skills.

“We strive to meet our school aims through the provision of a challenging and stimulating curriculum with an extensive range of off-site and extra-curricular activities.”

Particular areas highlighted by the inspectors included the ‘outstanding progress’ made by children from the time they started at the school until the end of Year 11, particularly in English and maths.

Other areas described as ‘outstanding’ included personal and social development, students’ behaviour and attitude to learning and teaching.

Inspector James Bowden also praised the ‘highly effective focus’ of the leadership team and how well governors knew the school.

“The head teacher’s passionate drive and ambition have led to continuing and sustained improvement throughout the school since the last inspection,” he said.

“All staff are overwhelmingly committed to the school’s culture of reflection and development and want the best outcomes possible for all students.”

He also described pupil behaviour, both in lessons and around the school, as ‘outstanding’.

Commenting on the report, Mr Johnson said: “The report recognises that our pupils make outstanding progress in all areas of their development and that staff, governors and parents work collaboratively and effectively for the benefit of our pupils.

“We are particularly pleased with the inspection outcome as this now represents our third consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspection, spanning the last ten years.

“The culture of the school is to constantly reflect and improve and this will continue in the years ahead as we strive to at least maintain our standards and the outcomes achieved by our pupils.”