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Students and staff at Budmouth College celebrate outstanding Ofsted grade
BUDMOUTH College staff and students are celebrating after achieving an outstanding Ofsted report.
The glowing report praised the college across the Ofsted criteria including the achievements of its pupils, quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of the students and its leadership and management.
The college had previously been ranked as outstanding in 2010 but inspectors remarked on the ‘improved quality of teaching since the last inspection.’ Headteacher David Akers said he was “delighted” to receive external validation for the hard work the students, parents, teachers and governors had put in.
He added: “The congratulations should go to the whole Budmouth College community.”
Mr Akers added that as a team they all took huge pride in what they had achieved.
He said: “The staff, the students, parents and governors all contribute to this being an outstanding college.”
The Ofsted inspectors commented that the “achievement in English is above average and students develop strong literacy skills,” the report also said: “Teaching is outstanding. Lessons are carefully planned and orchestrated to enable all students to make rapid progress within an exceptionally calm and purposeful environment.”
It added: “The range of courses on offer and the extra-curricular provision is extensive and inspirational.”
Ofsted inspectors commented that the sixth form was ‘outstanding’ the teaching often ‘exceptionally challenging and effective.’ The report highlighted that the Centre of Excellence for Industrial Liaison was ‘particularly effective in providing work-related opportunities to older students to inspire and motivate them.’ The report said: “Students behave impeccably at Budmouth College. They are immensely proud of their school and are respectful and caring members of their community.”
It added that leadership at all levels within the college was ‘outstanding.’ Looking to the future, the Ofsted inspectors said that to improve further the college had to ‘ensure that every student has the skills to respond to teacher feedback productively by extending and embedding the existing outstanding practice in the college.’ Mr Akers said they have systems in place whereby staff were monitored by the senior team and they did an observation with the Ofsted inspectors to make sure that their internal checks were in line with those of Ofsted.
He said he was pleased that the inspectors had found Budmouth to be a very inclusive school. He said: “I think one of the most important things about any school is a caring environment- we have a caring environment.
“The relationships between students and staff are very positive. We have an ethos of high expectations- the students know this.”
When asked about his vision for the future of the college, Mr Akers said: “The vision has never changed. We want to continue to provide an outstanding education for every student.”
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