BRIDLINGTON School has received some glowing praise from Ofsted in its latest report.
Inspectors rated the care, guidance and support as “outstanding” – and 21 out of the other 30 categories that were inspected graded as “good”.
These included teaching, learning and progress, leadership and management, behaviour and safeguarding.
Inspectors found the overall effectiveness of the school was “satisfactory” and said that it was on course to reach the national average for the proportion of students gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths, within the next few years.
The Ofsted report went on to say: “When the last three years are considered, attainment (how students perform compared to national averages) is low but improving rapidly; learning and progress are good.”
According to Ofsted guidelines, schools with low attainment need to have outstanding learning and progress to be classed as good for overall effectiveness.
In addition the report stated: “Outstanding care, support and guidance have ensured that students with special needs and/or learning difficulties make rapid rates of progress.
“The quality of teaching is good and has improved as a result of increased monitoring and a greater focus on using assessment to support learning.”
Inspectors recognised the effective measures the school had put in place to encourage students with poor attendance and that while it had increased sharply, attendance still remained below average.
There were three areas highlighted for the school to work on to further their improvement.
l To meet the GCSE national average.
l Increase the proportion of outstanding teaching by making better use of data on students’ progress to target their teaching needs.
l And to improve pupil attendance to the level of at least the national average.
Headteacher Sarah Pashley, said: “We are absolutely delighted by the outstanding judgement and it was also brilliant that teaching was judged to be good or better in 81% of lessons observed and none were judged to be less than satisfactory.
“We are working very hard to ensure that learning and progress becomes outstanding and we close the gap between the school’s performance and the national average.
“I am extremely lucky to lead such a committed and effective team of staff at Bridlington School but it is our students who are our real strength.
“They are absolutely amazing and I am exceptionally proud of them. They are a credit to themselves, the school and their parents/carers.”
David Baldock, chair of governors, said: “Many congratulations to the staff, students and parents for their hard work and commitment which has resulted in such impressive improvements.
“I know we will all continue to push even harder now in our drive to become an outstanding school.”