Outstanding Progress of Selby High School recognised by Ofsted
Students, staff and governors at Selby High School are celebrating Ofsted success after achieving a “good” rating, particularly as they expand with new classrooms and state of the art ICT facilities to satisfy demand for more places. The school gained this grading from Ofsted, under the new tougher inspection regime brought in by the Government. Only two secondary schools in North Yorkshire, to date, of which Selby High School is, one, have achieved a good rating since those changes were introduced. Nationally, the picture is not dissimilar.
The inspectors congratulated students for “showing good respect for one another”. They also acknowledged that “students are friendly and courteous”. The “range of subjects and experiences provided by the school give students a very secure grounding in the skills of English and mathematics” allowing them “to move successfully into further education and training”. Additional comments made by inspectors highlighted the “good and outstanding teaching”, “good behaviour in lessons” and that “all groups of students make good progress, illustrating the school’s actions to ensure equality of opportunity.”
The team of five inspectors praised the progress that the school had made and reported that significantly more students than nationally gained A*-C grades in humanities subjects, together with the core subjects of English, science and mathematics. These outstanding results were 11.5%, 20% and 24% respectively above the national figures.
Headteacher Paul Eckersley said: “We are delighted with the report, which recognises the hard work and achievements of staff, pupils and governors at Selby High School and the significant improvements that we have made.”
“Ofsted have ‘raised the bar’ again since our last inspection, which means that we can feel particularly proud of this achievement.”
“All the key elements are in place to ensure that the school continues to improve and makes rapid progress towards our ultimate aim of being judged ‘outstanding.’”
The increasing success both in terms of results and Ofsted means that Selby High School is now increasingly popular with parents, carers and guardians. Selby High School’s latest extension will provide new state of the art ICT facilities together with three additional teaching spaces. This will allow the school to satisfy the annual clamour for places and in-year transfers. In fact, from January 2014 the school will be able to accommodate an additional eighty students. If you are interested in joining the success story of Selby High School, you can find out more information from Andrea Lawson at the school, 01757 703327.
Headteacher, Paul Eckersley said, “I am delighted that we will be able to accommodate all those people who want to be a part of Selby High School’s success story.”
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