De Aston School celebrates outstanding Ofsted report
DE ASTON School is celebrating an outstanding Ofsted report.
It recognises outstanding achievement, outstanding behaviour and safety and also the outstanding leadership, management and governance of the Market Rasen school.
Overall, the school achieved an outstanding rating in three of the four main areas inspected and was graded as good for teaching and learning.
Inspectors noted the "great enthusiasm for learning" shown by students, who make "outstanding progress" and "achieve well above average results in GCSE and equivalent examinations at the end of Year 11".
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Ofsted also noted that Sixth Form students "achieve well and are very successful in gaining entry to university, further education or employment".
Behaviour and safety was judged to be "outstanding", with inspectors reporting that "behaviour is excellent and students show great courtesy and care for others". The "positive and caring atmosphere" of the school was also recognised, with inspectors noting that "students feel safe in school".
Another outstanding element of the school is its leadership and management.
Inspectors acknowledged the "high degree of rigour" brought to the school by the head teacher, and concluded that "the school is very well led at all levels". Inspectors praised the school's "drive for improvement", which "has led to all subject areas having mostly good and outstanding teaching".
The report does state though that a small minority of teaching requires improvement, marking does not consistently tell students what they need to do to improve their work, and activities are not always pitched at the right level for students' abilities.
Governance is assessed as outstanding, with governors described as being "highly committed".
The boarding house was also inspected and outcomes for boarders were considered "outstanding". Inspectors described how "the experience of boarding and the good quality of care makes an exceptionally positive impact on students' lives".
Head teacher Ellenor Beighton said: "The result is something to be proud of as it recognises the sustained improvements the school has made. To have so many outstanding elements recognised is a major achievement, particularly under the tougher Ofsted framework which was introduced last year. However, we will not be resting on our laurels; the school will now continue its efforts to ensure that we are outstanding in all that we do, because that is what our students deserve."