TWO Bodmin schools have been given the second highest rating by Ofsted following recent inspections.
Bodmin College and Beacon Infant and Nursery School were both rated as “good” schools by the independent body, which inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people on behalf of the government.
Although both schools dropped from previous ratings of “outstanding” in 2011, staff, pupils and governors are still celebrating extremely positive inspections.
Sally Attwell, headteacher at Beacon Infant and Nursery School, said she was “proud” that the school was rated “good” in all four areas – the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, behaviour standards and the leadership and management.
“We are extremely proud of the inspectors’ judgement and comments regarding the behaviour and safety of pupils,” Mrs Attwell said. “The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding and is at the heart of what the school values.
“The care shown for every individual ensures that the ethos of the school is very inclusive, and parents and carers really value the high level of care provided to their children.”
In particular the report highlighted the standard of teaching, which it described as “consistently good”, with some “outstanding practice” across the school.
The report also noted that pupils were well behaved and proud of their school and noted a strong relationship between the staff and children.
The areas the inspectors identified as requiring attention were that of progress in writing, increasing opportunities for pupils to follow up the guidance teachers provide when they mark work and for teachers to always check the level of pupils’ understanding during lessons.
Mrs Attwell said the school had already begun working on these areas and already sees the benefits for children’s learning.
Bodmin College, meanwhile, is also celebrating after being rated “outstanding” in the area of behaviour standards and “good” in the other three areas – the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching and the leadership and management.
Highlights in the report included consistently good teaching - including outstanding teaching at the Greenfield Centre for the disabled - a well led Sixth Form, friendly and polite students with high levels of respect for their teachers and a strong curriculum.
College Principal Brett Elliott said that he was “absolutely delighted” with the outcome of the inspection.
“I was particularly pleased that the inspection team gave credit for recent initiatives, particularly focusing on the high quality of teaching and student support,” Mr Elliott said.
“I’m also pleased that the inspection team endorsed the College’s current agenda in terms of constantly striving to improve the already excellent educational experience provided to young people.
“We could not have achieved such a great outcome without the fantastic support of our students, our parents and our staff and Governors – I thank them all.”