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OFSTED Good with Outstanding Features!

SIR FRANK WHITTLE STUDIO SCHOOL – OFFICIAL OFSTED PRESS RELEASE

 

Delighted staff and students at Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, in Lutterworth, are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted.

 Sir Frank Whittle Studio School has received a ‘Good with Outstanding features’ rating following a full two-day inspection at the end of February.  Inspectors were impressed with all aspects of the school and particularly the students where they commented ‘Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. Pupils are highly motivated, confident and mature. They are polite and respectful to teachers, visitors and each other’ and that ‘Pupils conduct themselves impeccably. They dress smartly in their business suits or sportswear and thrive in an environment where excellent conduct is the norm. 

 Inspectors also recognised the quality of education that students receive at Sir Frank Whittle Studio School commenting This school is, quite simply, changing these pupils’ lives’.

 Last summer the School achieved some of the best results in Leicestershire with a Progress 8 score of +0.15 and 65% of students achieving C or above in English and Maths with Ofsted noting that ‘Outcomes across the range of qualifications pupils take are good overall. Some are outstanding’.

The Ofsted report also praised staff, noting that, ‘The quality of teaching and learning is good. Strong engagement with employers enables teachers of technical subjects to maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments in the related employment sectors’.

High praise was also given to the Studio Schools unique work placement programme which sees students in Year 10 and 11 spend 1 day a week in industry and Post 16 students 2 days per week.  In the report Ofsted commented ‘Pupils’ exposure to high quality work-related learning from a relatively young age plays a huge role in boosting their confidence, resilience and maturity. These attributes are of course highly regarded by the employers they work with. Many pupils go on to secure apprenticeships at the companies where they have trained’. 

 Behaviour of students was also one of the outstanding areas highlighted by inspectors during the inspection describing them as delightful.  They also went on to say The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils conduct themselves impeccably. They dress smartly in their business suits or sportswear and thrive in an environment where excellent conduct is the norm. Pupils listen respectfully to their teachers, employers and each other. In discussions, the inspectors found them to be delightful: candid, thoughtful and generous.’

 Mr Hostead, Headteacher of Sir Frank Whittle Studio School commented ‘We are all very pleased that Ofsted have confirmed what we have all known for some time.  The students and staff of Sir Frank Whittle should feel rightly proud of their achievements and this Ofsted inspection validates that. 

 The report follows a long line of successes that the school has enjoyed which include our outstanding results in the summer last year and being the only school in the UK to be awarded FairTrain Gold in recognition of out outstanding work placement programme.

 We have seen a significant increase in the number of students wanting to join the school and have a number of tours booked every week of parents and students excited to see what we offer here.  There are limited places available for September 2017 and this report will no doubt mean they are taken up very quickly.  If any parents or carers do want to visit the school we would encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so they don’t miss out.  All three of our specialisms in Engineering, Business and Sport are proving extremely popular!’

 For more information about Sir Frank Whittle Studio School visit our website at www.sirfrankwhittlestudioschool.com or call on 01455 205 112.