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Teachers get top marks for effort

Posted on September 20 2008 at 1:46:26

Middle School staff

Alvechurch Middle School teachers are celebrating being given special praise by Government inspectors for “going the extra mile” for their pupils.

The latest report by Ofsted inspectors grades the school and its teachers as outstanding or good in every category.

It says the move to the new school has been completed without affecting the pupils and adds: “The whole staff are very committed to going ‘the extra mile’ to make teaching and learning interesting, and many staff spoke enthusiastically about their particular projects.

“They confirmed this strong sense of exploration and development of new ideas and practices, boosted by the very good facilities of the new school site.”

The inspectors also report: “Pupils say they feel safe from bullying, and confirm that the school deals effectively with, any incidents. Attendance is very good and the school canteen offers healthy meals that pupils really enjoy.

“As a result of recent improvements in information and communication technology, alongside the high standards in English and mathematics, pupils are well prepared for their future lives.

“Their personal development is outstanding,” the inspectors added.

Headteacher Karen Jordan told The Village: “As you can imagine I am very proud of the school and so pleased that all the hard work done by pupils, staff and other stakeholders has been recognised and commended so highly.

“The inspection has confirmed what we have always known – that we are an outstanding school in so many areas and provide an excellent teaching and learning experience for all our pupils.

“We always put our pupils at the absolute forefront of any decisions made and involve them as much as possible in the decision making.

“We were inspected during our Arts Week which gave us an opportunity to demonstrate how versatile, innovative and exciting our curriculum is. Extra curricular activities were also praised as we offer ski holidays, visits, and many sporting opportunities to enhance our pupils learning experiences.

“Everyone played their part and special thanks must go to the parents who support us so well and wrote positive comments to the inspectors,” she added.

“There were no particularly weak areas identified. However we are not complacent and have already set new goals to achieve even greater success.

“The new school has made a big impact on everything we do, but it is the teachers that make it happen. I hope the village as a whole is as delighted by this wonderful school as I am.”

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