Ofsted’s report praises pupils

Neil Spurdell

Neil Spurdell

First published in News by , Devizes area senior reporter

Pupils at Sheldon School in Chippenham have been praised for their exceptional behaviour by inspectors from Ofsted.

The 1,802-pupil school was inspected last month and the inspectors said the behaviour and safety of the pupils was outstanding.

The Ofsted report said: “Students’ behaviour is exceptional and they really enjoy being in school.

“They are happy, polite, well-mannered and look after one another very well, so everyone is included.

“When questioned, comments such as ‘This place is fabulous’ and ‘I love school’ were typical. Students always behave well both in lessons and around the school site. They are courteous to one another, staff and visitors.”

Overall the inspectors rated the school as good, with the behaviour of pupils rated as outstanding.

When the school was last inspected in 2008 it was judged outstanding but headteacher Neil Spurdell said the goalposts have changed under the new, more rigorous Ofsted framework.

He said results in GCSE and A-levels had improved since the inspection in 2008, with the school achieving its best ever GCSE results this year.

The Ofsted inspectors said pupils make good progress in most subjects and outstanding progress in some, particularly English, physical education, design and technology and art.

They said while standards in maths and science were not quite as strong as in many other subjects, they were on track to improve substantially in 2013.

The inspection happened just five weeks after Mr Spurdell became the headteacher but the report said he had made an “impressive start” and the staff had confidence in his leadership.

Mr Spurdell said: “I was delighted that behaviour was judged to be outstanding – it really couldn’t have been anything else – and with such a rigorous framework there is pressure on all schools to demonstrate significant progress from some often quite high starting points.

“Sheldon is a great school, which we want to make even better.

“The inspectors themselves said that they would have enjoyed teaching in such a wonderful environment and there can’t be many who leave schools saying that.”

To improve further, the inspectors highlighted the need for the very good teaching observed in the classroom to be taken to an even higher level.

This includes the use of more careful tracking and monitoring of student performance data to help effect greater progress.

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2:28pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mouse007 says...

This is praise indeed, they also noted "An example of unusually good moral and social development was seen during the inspection when some students, observing a disagreement between other students, took steps to diffuse the situation."
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Equally impressive was the parent views which can be viewed on the ofsted website. The ofsted report noted “Parents and carers are very pleased indeed with the school. It is unusual to find almost all who responded to our questionnaire on Parent View saying that their child is safe and that behaviour and bullying are dealt with well, but in this school this is the case.”

Well done Sheldon. Hopefully Hardenhuish and Abbeyfield will get similar praise in due course.
This is praise indeed, they also noted "An example of unusually good moral and social development was seen during the inspection when some students, observing a disagreement between other students, took steps to diffuse the situation." . Equally impressive was the parent views which can be viewed on the ofsted website. The ofsted report noted “Parents and carers are very pleased indeed with the school. It is unusual to find almost all who responded to our questionnaire on Parent View saying that their child is safe and that behaviour and bullying are dealt with well, but in this school this is the case.” Well done Sheldon. Hopefully Hardenhuish and Abbeyfield will get similar praise in due course. Mouse007
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10:29pm Sun 18 Nov 12

gumley37 says...

Abbeyfield already have in their recent Ofsted. I think
they did as well in most areas.Well done Abbeyfield .
Abbeyfield already have in their recent Ofsted. I think they did as well in most areas.Well done Abbeyfield . gumley37
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10:35pm Sun 18 Nov 12

gumley37 says...

So Abbeyfield have improved and Sheldon have gone down I trust they were judged on the same criteria as their inspections were only a couple of weeks apart.They were both judged as good schools.
So Abbeyfield have improved and Sheldon have gone down I trust they were judged on the same criteria as their inspections were only a couple of weeks apart.They were both judged as good schools. gumley37
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