Kirkby College is given ‘Good’ grade

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Staff and students at Kirkby College are celebrating after a recent visit by Ofsted inspectors who have rated the school as ‘Good’ in all areas.

The comprehensive and sixth-form academy, on Tennyson Street, was previously judged to “require improvement” in 2013.

Inspectors visited in May this year, before publishing their final report in June.

Head teacher Simon Taylor said: “I am delighted with the official recognition that Ofsted has given the school and endorsement of the improvements that have been made.

“In particular, the work of the whole school community was praised by the inspectors who said that the school has a key role in serving the wider Kirkby-in-Ashfield community”.

Chairman of the governing body, Sue Reast, said: “My thanks go to the head teacher and all the staff and students for the hard work that has gone into this recognition.

“I look forward to our work continuing, along with my association with the school.”

Inspectors were pleased to confirm and agree with the head and his senior management’s self-assessment that Kirkby College is a good by every standard.

Among those features singled out for praise, Ofsted say the students achieve well, with good development of literacy and numeracy skills.

The progress of disabled students and those who have special educational needs was also commended.

The progress of boys who currently attend the academy is good and the gap between their attainment and the standards reached by girls is narrowing.

The progress of disadvantaged students is good and gaps between their attainment and that of other students is closing.

Teaching is good. Relationships between teachers and students are very positive and students enjoy acquiring knowledge and gaining skills.

Students’ behaviour and attitudes towards learning are good. They are motivated by the quality of education and care they receive and attend well and safely.

Students’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development is good because they are encouraged to succeed in their learning. Their understanding of democracy, British values and respect for difference prepare them well for citizenship.

Leaders and governors know the academy well and have an accurate view of any remaining areas for improvement. Their determined leadership has improved the quality of teaching and is driving up students’ achievement.

The small sixth form is good. Students’ achievement is good in relation to their starting points and they are able to study a wide range of qualifications owing to the useful arrangements between the academy and other local partner schools.