‘Glowing’ Ofsted report for Uppingham Community College

Pupils, from left, Jessica Bowen, Oliver Singleton-Redmond, Lucy Skeet, Ben Thompson, principal Jan Turner, Harry Warin and Anna Hodson.
Pupils, from left, Jessica Bowen, Oliver Singleton-Redmond, Lucy Skeet, Ben Thompson, principal Jan Turner, Harry Warin and Anna Hodson.
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Pupils, teachers and staff at a secondary school have reason to celebrate after excelling during its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Uppingham Community College has welcomed the outcome of the inspection after it achieved good and outstanding grades in all areas.

The behaviour and safety of its pupils, their achievements, the quality of teaching and the school’s leadership and management were all praised by inspectors after their two-day visit.

Ofsted’s report, which grades the school’s overall effectiveness as good, read: “Students’ behaviour is impeccable. They enjoy school greatly and have an appetite for learning. They are mature, thoughtful and considerate towards each other at all times”.

School principal Jan Turner said: “It is very pleasing to read the very positive comments made by the inspectors about our students.

“This report is a testament to the hard work of the students and staff, combined with the support we receive from parents and carers.”

At the school’s last inspection in 2009, it received an outstanding rating for overall effectiveness and an outstanding rating for the school’s capacity for sustained improvement.

However, since that inspection the framework for Ofsted reports has changed, and despite dropping to an overall rating of good, Mrs Turner was pleased that results had actually improved since 2009.

She added: “The framework is different and the benchmark has been raised, but we’re still pleased with a glowing report.”