King’s Norton Boys’ School, which was founded more than 100 years ago is celebrating its best Ofsted rating in 17 years after achieving a ‘Good’ in a recent inspection.
The education watchdog inspectors recognised “significant improvements in leadership, teaching and outcomes” when they visited the school on 26th and 27th September.
In December 2015, the school who’s past pupils include BBC radio presenters, Adrian Goldberg, Phil Upton and creator of the BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, Edward J Mason, was rated as ‘requires improvement’.
Paul Woodhouse, Headteacher at King’s Norton Boys’ School, was praised for his “impressive relentless ambition” whilst inspectors said teaching had improved due to “effective leadership at all levels”.
The report said: “There is a strong culture of achievement. Leaders have raised aspirations, improved teaching and developed subject leadership. Current pupils of all abilities in key stages 3 and 4 make good progress in a wide variety of subjects.”
“This is a successful and harmonious school. Pupils are polite, personable and friendly. They are advocates of, and ambassadors for, their school. All of those spoken to were proud to be members of this community.”
“Overall attendance is improving. It is above national averages and has been so for three years. Pupils are courteous and well mannered. Inspectors met with some pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. They felt safe and well looked after. Pupils appreciated the amount of support staff gave them.”
Mr Woodhouse said: “We are thrilled with the result we have achieved and I know it would not have been possible without the hard work and support from all of the staff, students and parents.
“This summer’s fantastic GCSE results build on our success last year and the report confirms the incredible progress made by staff and students who continue to strive for excellence.
“We recognise there are still areas of improvement and we remain committed to our journey to become an ‘Outstanding’ school so our students have the very best opportunities in their future education and careers. We have travelled a very long road and recognise we have further to go – but with committed staff and hard working, enthusiastic students we are confident we will get there.”
The excellent report follows the best GCSE results ever achieved at the school.
The school’s GCSE results included, 77% of students achieving both English and Maths at grades 9 – 4, whilst 75% achieved a level 5 or above in at least one English qualification.