THE Cooper School in Bicester is celebrating after winning its first ‘outstanding’ rating in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Five inspectors visited the school on May 19 and 20, where they observed almost 40 lessons and held meetings with students, governors and staff.
Headteacher Ben Baxter said: “I am obviously delighted with the outcome following the inspection and believe it reflects the hard work and effort all our staff put into providing the best possible education in the best possible environment.
“While the report judges the school to be outstanding we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to seek improvements across the whole school.
“Our new Sixth Form Facility will help to ensure that the school is fully focused on providing our students with an appropriate, 21st Century learning environment.”
The school was judged to be ‘good’ overall at the last inspection three-and-a-half years ago, and the latest report has noted a number of improvements. It stated: “This is an outstanding school which continuously strives to improve further.”
It also quoted one parent’s comment: “The school has moved from strength to strength and our children love their school. They feel happy, exceptionally safe and secure, the curriculum is extremely well tailored to meet their needs and teachers inspire them.”
The report also noted, “…that there has been a sustained upward trajectory in students’ attainment (which) has risen to above average attainment and the rates of progress are now good and occasionally outstanding.”
The report also praised the standard of care and support for students, and the high levels of enjoyment and attendance.
Bicester MP Tony Baldry said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have, quite rightly, judged Cooper School to be outstanding, recognising the incredible improvement of recent years where achievement levels in GCSE results are now above the national average.”
County councillor Michael Waine, a governor at the school, praised the dedication and professionalism of staff at the school.