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Birchwood High rated “a good school” by Ofsted


STAFF, pupils and governors at Birchwood High School are celebrating after being rated a “Good School” by education watchdog Ofsted.
Pupils’ personal development and welfare is said to be good, they make good progress and relationships among pupils and staff are “very positive.”
Teachers are said to be committed and well qualified.
The report, following an inspection earlier this year, shows that the school has made significant progress since it was last inspected, when it was said to require improvement.
Other highlights from the Ofsted report are that bullying is rare, behaviour in lessons and social times is good, and that Birchwood “celebrates difference and diversity”
Turning to Birchwood College, the inspectors say: “Progress for general applied qualifications consistently remains significantly above the national average.
“Students in the sixth form are keen to learn and behave well
“Lesson observations and work scrutiny by inspectors indicate that the quality of teaching in the sixth form is good”.
Headteacher Moira Bryan said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the excellent provision for our students at Birchwood Community High School. The dedication of our staff and governors, working alongside parents and carers, makes Birchwood a happy and caring school.
“Our students in school and college can achieve their full potential academically and have opportunities to flourish and to develop as confident and independent individuals. We are very proud of the school which is at the heart of our community.
“We would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to you all.”
Ofsted says to improve still further, the school needs to Increase the rate at which the attendance and progress of disadvantaged pupils improve at key stage 4 by ensuring that actions and spending are more closely linked to pupils’ specific barriers to learning.
In addition, the school needs to continue with plans to refocus the sixth form and ensure its long term viability.


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