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Children & Young People's Service
20 May 2010

Outstanding achievement for Belvoir High School

Belvoir High School in Bottesford has been judged as outstanding – the highest rating possible – in its first Ofsted inspection since changing its age range.
The school has been extended from an 11-14 school to teaching pupils aged 11-16 and is one of the partners that will manage a new Post-16 Centre being built in Melton.
This is the second time running that Belvoir High School has been rated as outstanding, despite tougher criteria from inspectors.  
Inspectors praised the high level of pupils’ achievement, which is continuing into Years 10 and 11, pupils’ behaviour and their personal development during their time at the school.
The report also praised the management and leadership, the curriculum on offer and pupils’ attendance.
Inspectors recognised how well the school’s development and growth had been led and managed.  Since its last Ofsted report, the school has increased its pupil numbers and has been extended with a state-of-the-art new building.
The report states: ‘This is an outstanding school’ which despite going through ‘a period of extraordinary change’ has ‘managed to sustain an ethos which is exceptionally caring and inclusive and at the same time ensure that the high level of pupil achievement has extended into Key Stage 4’.
The inspectors noted that: ‘From starting points that are broadly average, pupils in the school have reached exceptionally high levels of attainment’. The report also comments on the atmosphere in the school: ‘There is a very strong sense of pride in the school, shared by staff and pupils’ and added ‘behaviour is exemplary, both in lessons and around the school, contributing to an extremely positive school ethos’.
There were also accolades for the school’s leadership from Ofsted:  ‘(the) ethos of care, coupled with ambition for pupils, stems from the outstanding leadership of the school’ and ‘there should be no underestimating the achievement of governors, the principal and senior leaders in recent years. The school’s development and growth have been led and managed extremely well’.
Developing the effectiveness of middle leaders and improving the quality of teaching further were two points of action highlighted in the report.  These are being addressed by the school so it can continue to build on its success.
Head teacher Jon Sherwin admitted to feeling emotional when the inspectors’ judgement was delivered to him.
He said: “I had a tear in my eye. Everyone involved with the school has worked so hard as we have moved through the reorganisation and associated building programme over the last two to three years.
“The needs and education of our pupils have been paramount and we have not wanted to let them down. The staff have been brilliant and I know that the pupils recognise and value their hard work and care.
“It is the young people who are the real stars in this report. They respond exceptionally well to what we are endeavouring to build here and they are a credit to Belvoir High School and the community in The Vale. We are all immensely proud of them.”
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for the Children and Young People’s Service, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Belvoir High School which shows how successfully they have managed the recent changes.
“I would like to congratulate the head, staff, governors, parents and, of course, the pupils on their wonderful success.”
For photographs of the head and pupils celebrating their Ofsted success, call the County Council’s Press Office on 0116 305 6967.  To arrange to take your own photographs contact the school directly on 01949 844 920.