John Ferneley College celebrates Ofsted success

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Hard-working staff and students at Melton’s John Ferneley College are celebrating after Ofsted inspectors deemed it to be ‘good’ in all areas.

Inspectors were impressed to find that ‘students make good progress in most subjects’ and that ‘teachers have high expectations of their students’.

They also observed that ‘teachers make sure the most-able students are challenged to achieve as well as possible’.

Inspectors, who visited the college in March, gave it a good rating in terms of its overall effectiveness, leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and the achievement of its pupils.

Principal Christine Stansfield said: “We were delighted that, under the current and most robust Ofsted framework that there has been, the college was found to be ‘good’ in all areas.

“As a headteacher it is superb to have our own evaluations corroborated in this way.

“I’m not surprised our students came out as well as they did, with inspectors noting that ‘students move to lessons quickly and courteously’.

“I was also delighted that their findings confirmed that ‘bullying in any form is rare’. The inspection team was also impressed by the very special culture of our college and the ‘excellent rapport’ between students and teachers.

“Most pleasing of all was that the inspection team agreed very closely with our own view of the college’s strengths and weaknesses. “Inspectors noted that ‘accurate self-evaluation provides prompts for succinct; well-structured action plans’.

“However for me the best part was that they could clearly see that we live and breathe the vision that ‘no child is left behind’.

“I’m enormously proud of the teachers who work so hard to ensure that this vision is a reality every day, and of our students who respond so well to the challenge!”