Tollgate pupils celebrate as Ofsted gives upbeat report

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Staff and pupils at Tollgate Community Junior School are celebrating after a positive Ofsted report.

A special ceremony was held at the school in Winston Crescent on Friday last week to celebrate, which was attended by MP Stephen Lloyd, who said the report was a ‘tremendous result’.

Stephen Lloyd MP visited Tollgate School to celebrate their 'Good' OFSTED report. Stephen (centre) joined the pupils and Chairman of Governors Howard Wardle (L) and Head Teacher Stephen Dennis (R). February 28th 2014 E09016Q SUS-140228-172600001
Stephen Lloyd MP visited Tollgate School to celebrate their 'Good' OFSTED report. Stephen (centre) joined the pupils and Chairman of Governors Howard Wardle (L) and Head Teacher Stephen Dennis (R). February 28th 2014 E09016Q SUS-140228-172600001

The school was inspected in January and its overall effectiveness has been rated as good, with it achieving this same level in all categories including the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. The school said it was a real achievement as under the new Ofsted framework schools have to provide much more evidence of high standards to secure this outcome.

Some of the teaching across the school was deemed outstanding and the report added, ‘Pupils’ results at the end of Key Stage 2 have improved over time and are higher than average, adding, ‘Leadership is good because the high expectations of the headteacher, other leaders and governors have ensured that teaching and pupils’ achievements have improved’. It also said pupils were ‘well mannered’ and ‘courteous’.

Headteacher Stephen Dennis said, “I am delighted that we have been judged to be a ‘good’ school – this is an excellent outcome and we are very proud that Tollgate has achieved such a good result.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the entire school community for achieving such a pleasing result. With continued support and dedication from all involved with the school I am confident that we can achieve outstanding when Ofsted re-appear in a few years’ time.”

 

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