Students, staff and governors at St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, Darlaston Lane, are celebrating after receiving their official recognition as a ‘good school’ following their recent Ofsted inspection.
Inspectors spent two days at the school viewing lessons, talking with staff and students, and asking parents for their feedback. The inspectors concluded that the school has gone from ‘requiring improvement’ in 2014 to ‘good’ in February 2016.
Inspectors witnessed pupils making good progress in all subjects and commented that the “school’s curriculum is broad and balanced, and the development of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding is strongly underpinned by the school’s strong Christian ethos.” Ofsted praised teacher’s good subject knowledge, knowledge of pupils, effective checking of work and ability to plan interesting lessons.
Ofsted recognised the “transformed” leadership and management of the school and the considerable role of the governing body in improving standards. They stated that “the new headteacher has provided renewed focus and energy to build on improvements.”
The school was praised for providing many opportunities to develop pupils’ personal development alongside the Sixth Form for its quality of teaching, learning experience and student welfare.
Headteacher, Dr Sarah J Hatfield, who took up her post in February 2015 said, “Our school community has worked extremely hard to raise standards at the school and we are delighted to have secured a ‘good’ rating. It shows the school has made real progress and improved in many areas. Whilst we are extremely pleased with the result we aren’t prepared to rest on our laurels. We will continue to strive forward and help our students to improve and get the best results they can.”