Fenland school’s first for county

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CHATTERIS Cromwell Community College is a ‘good’ school and that is official.

OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) rated the Chatteris school as ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness making it the first in Cambridgeshire to get that grading under the new framework.

The grading came after a two day inspection last month.

Principal Jed Roberts said: “Being the first secondary school in Cambridgeshire to be graded as ‘Good’ under the new framework is a tremendous achievement and one we are all extremely proud of.

“The outcome reflects a huge amount of hard work and belief from the students, parents, Governors and the whole staff team at the College.”

The OFSTED report published today (Tuesday) stated: “This is a good school. Students’ achievement is good. They make faster progress than their peers nationally and their attainment is above average. Behaviour is good and attendance is above average”

The inspectors visited the school on March 21 and 22 to carry out an inspection using the new and arguably most rigorous inspection framework to date.

Following two days close scrutiny in all aspects of the College’s performance Cromwell was graded as ‘Good’ in each of the four categories: Achievement of Pupils; Quality of Teaching; Behaviour and Safety of Pupils; Leadership and Management.

This grading led to a judgement of ‘Good’ for Overall Effectiveness.

The judgement also marks a large step forward towards the school’s aspiration of being ‘Outstanding’.

The report said the school is not yet ‘Outstanding’ because students’ learning is not outstanding.

It said: “This, in part, is because there are not sufficient opportunities for students to work independently and to take more responsibility for their own learning.”

But the report recognises the determination to improve and attain ‘Outstanding’.

It states: “The school is well led. The ambition to improve is strong and very clearly communicated to the staff and to students. Teaching is clearly improving as a