School head vows to build on good Ofsted report

RESULTS at Carterton Community College will continue to improve.

That is the pledge from headteacher Niall McWilliams after the Upavon Way school was given a good rating by Ofsted.

In its previous inspection in 2009, the school was judged satisfactory — a rating which no longer exists. Schools which fall short of good are now deemed to need improvement.

Mr McWilliams said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted report which verifies our own self evaluation and all that we have done to improve the school.

“Results in all categories are significantly above the national average in terms of progress and we are really proud of how hard the students have worked and how well we are supported by the community.”

The school received a good judgment in every area.

Inspectors described teaching as good and improving, and development of students’ literacy and numeracy skills was also described as good.

Mr McWilliams was described as having high aspirations and providing strong leadership, and his drive and commitment shared by the senior leadership team.

One area of criticism was that in a small number of lessons, teachers do not always plan activities which hold students’ attention and work is too easy.

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Mr McWilliams described the good Ofsted judgment as a “staging post” to further improvements.

He said: “It is our aspiration to be an outstanding school.

“There is a real aspiration and desire and high ambitions for all our students.

“What we want to do is for every single one of our students to achieve beyond their expectations.”

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