UAH Principal Steve Baragwanath on GCSE results day.

Secondary school gets ‘good’ Ofsted

A Holbeach secondary school has been rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.

University Academy Holbeach has been rated good in six of six areas in the latest Ofsted report, published on April 4.

The school’s principal, Steve Baragwanath has been praised, along with his support team, for setting high expectations for pupils.

The report said: “Leaders are capable and experienced. They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.”

The standard of teaching was noted as being “good overall”, with the report stating: “Teachers have strong subject knowledge and plan engaging activities that challenge pupils.”

“Homework is a strength of the school,” the report continues.

“Homework books enable pupils to demonstrate their independent work, learning and commitment to continually improve their work.”

The pupils were also praised by the report.

Their attitude to learning is “very positive” and it said pupils take pride in their school and “respect their environment”.

The behaviour of pupils was also noted to be good. “They conduct themselves well in lessons and around the school,” the report says.

It added: “Pastoral care is a strength of the school. Pupils say that they feel safe and that bullying is rare. Safeguarding in the school is effective.”

The report said the school, which was rated good in its previous inspection, can improve with sharpening up its strategic planning.

It said leaders and managers should “improve the sharpness of strategic planning by ensuring that all leaders, including governors, precisely use information for different groups of pupils  to further improve pupils’ outcomes, attendance and behaviour and to reduce  exclusions.”

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