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The Deepings School requires improvement according to latest Ofsted report

A secondary school has been told that pupil behaviour and attendance must be improved.

The most recent report from Ofsted inspectors who visited The Deepings School also found the sixth-form provision was 'not good'.

However, many aspects of the school were found to meet the right standards, including the quality of education provided for pupils and the leadership and management of the school in Park Road, Deeping St James.

We have been asked to point out by the school that Ofsted's judgment about quality of education applied to 'all' pupils, not 'most' pupil as previously stated in this online article. We apologise for this and are happy to set the record straight.

The Deepings School headteacher Richard Lord said he was 'delighted' with some aspects of the latest Ofsted report
The Deepings School headteacher Richard Lord said he was 'delighted' with some aspects of the latest Ofsted report

Overall the school was told it 'requires improvement' because "there is low-level disruption in some lessons" which impedes the learning of some pupils.

The number of exclusions for poor behaviour were also deemed to be too high by the inspectors, who visited in mid-January.

Too many pupils in the sixth-form, specifically Year 13, were found to have poor attendance while some do not go on work experience placements. Inspectors felt some sixth-formers don't achieve as well as they could.

Responding to the report, Richard Lord, headteacher, said he was 'disappointed' that the overall judgment has not improved since inspectors said the school 'requires improvement' back in 2017, and recognised that there is still work to do.

"However, we are all fully committed to enhancing the learning experience of all our students," he said.

"I would like to emphasise that our staff at the Deepings School have worked tirelessly to secure the improved judgments from the inspection team, frequently going the extra mile to support our learners.

"Of course, we will take a great amount of pride from the positive comments cited but also continue to address any areas for improvement highlighted in the report."

Thanking pupils, parents, staff, governors and the community for their support, Mr Lord said he was 'delighted' that the quality of education, and leadership and management, was found to be good and that inspectors had recognised "the strides that we continue to make as a school".

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