‘Next year we’ll beat national standards’

The Buckingham School A Level results.Successful students,from the left,Jonathan Ayris,Lauren Wilson and Lewis Garner.'110818M-B481
The Buckingham School A Level results.Successful students,from the left,Jonathan Ayris,Lauren Wilson and Lewis Garner.'110818M-B481

THE Buckingham School is confident that the journey to ‘outstanding’ will continue, said headteacher Angela Wells following the publication of the school’s latest Ofsted report.

The report, which was sent home to parents last Friday, gives the school an overall rating of ‘satisfactory’, meaning that it meets national standards.

This comes less than four years after the school was placed in special measures.

In September 2008, the local authority asked Miss Wells to come in and lead the school, and replaced the governing body with an interim executive board, led by David Gamble, who is now chair of governors.

Nine months later, in June 2009, the school came out of special measures.

The Ofsted report says: “The school has taken decisive and determined action to tackle a legacy of underachievement at the school and there has been significant improvement in performance.”

It adds: “Recent improvements to the school’s performance are largely due to the inspirational and determined leadership of the headteacher,.”

Mr Gamble told the Advertiser: “We’ve moved from a point three years ago of being way below national standards, a school that had endemic underperformance.

“But we still have the ambition as a school to reach outstanding.

“We’ve got a good knowledge of the students and we’re confident we will go past national levels in next summer’s GCSE results.

“If you look at our improvement trajectory over the last few years, that’s inevitable.”

Mrs Wells said: “We’ve really progressed at a very fast pace. Most of the key judgements in the report were good, and the areas highlighted as needing work are areas we knew about.

“What comes through the report loud and clear is the incredible work that’s been done on developing student voice and student leadership.

“The school is confident that the journey to outstanding will continue.”