Catmose College in Oakham is top of the Ofsted class

Catmose College principal Stuart Williams with pupils celebrating the college's outstanding Ofsted report
Catmose College principal Stuart Williams with pupils celebrating the college's outstanding Ofsted report

A SECONDARY school, which moved into a new building one year ago, has received an outstanding Ofsted report across the board.

Catmose College in Huntsman Drive, Oakham, achieved an outstanding level in all four categories of the inspection which include achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The inspectors visited the school in the first week of February.

The report stated: “Teaching is outstanding. Almost all lessons are good with just under half outstanding.

“Teachers consistently expect all students to be challenged and give their best. Because of excellent relationships, students show confidence in responding to this challenge.

“Lessons are well paced, relevant and enjoyable, providing many opportunities for extending the learning.

“Staff use modern technologies well to support their teaching and students also have good opportunities to use these in lessons.”

The new multi-million pound campus opened a year ago this week. It has 815 pupils and caters for children aged 11 to 16.

The campus also includes Puffin Day Nursery which has 28 children registered for early years provision.

The report also praised the hard work of principal Stuart Williams, but he has put the success of the school down to the great relationship between staff, governors, parents and pupils.

He said: “The college is one of a very small number of schools nationally, under the new framework, to have achieved an outstanding grade in each of the four categories and overall.

“A grading of this calibre was only achieved because every member of the college community makes such a positive contribution on a daily basis.

“The report makes a particular point of praising the work carried out by staff to ensure students not only achieve excellent examination results but are also very well rounded individuals.

“The inspectors’ comments regarding the excellent relationships between staff and students particularly stand out for the college.”

The school is currently in consultation with parents about providing post-16 education.