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Ofsted fails to find fault at ‘outstanding’ Barton high school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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RELENTLESS efforts from leadership and teachers are behind a glowing report of an East Staffordshire high school.

Inspectors from the Government’s education watchdog Ofsted rated Barton’s John Taylor High School (right) as outstanding in all areas after they failed to find fault in their visit.

Teaching, senior management, plus the achievements and behaviour of pupils all came in for praise in the report.

The school’s principal Mike Donoghue told the Mail the news delighted everyone at the school.

He said: “This is a just reward for the hard work and dedication of all members of the John Taylor community, including students, staff, governors and parents.

“I am especially pleased to see that the inspection team rated teaching and learning as outstanding, and commented so positively on our curriculum, our pastoral care, the quality of our sixth form, and that we ‘relentlessly’ look to improve the educational experience provided.

“I am, however, most proud of the report’s assessment of John Taylor’s students, whose behaviour was described as impeccable and having the utmost respect for each other, teachers and staff.”

Lead inspector Merryl Ford said teaching at the school was of such high-quality that pupils were ‘exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their lives’.

She said: “Students make rapid and sustained progress because teaching stimulates their interest and develops their skills and knowledge very well.

“Teachers have consistently high expectation of what students can achieve from their starting points.

“They know their students extremely well and what they need to do next to improve further.”

Ms Ford added that leadership was outstanding, with ‘high levels of accountability, alongside rigorous monitoring’ to ensure high standards are maintained.

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