Ofsted praises school as ‘good’ in all areas

Head teacher Mark Guest with sixth formers.
Head teacher Mark Guest with sixth formers.

Staff and pupils at a secondary school near Sleaford are celebrating after being judged as ‘good’ by the Government’s education watchdog.

Sir William Roberston Academy, in Welbourn, received the rating from Ofsted in all areas following an inspection last month. It is the second highest of the four ratings available to inspectors.

This included the school’s “overall effectiveness”, which in the last inspection was rated as “requires improvement” – one lower on the scale.

The report said students “make good progress and achieve well across a range of GCSE subjects” and that the staff “teach with authority and enthusiasm”.

In relation to the unanimous ‘good’ ratings, headteacher Mark Guest said: “This has been achieved because of the commitment of the children, the valued support of our parents and the hard work and skill of staff across the school.”

He said he was particularly pleased with the ‘good’ rating for the Sixth Form, which he noted was ‘relatively new’.

He added: “It is a fantastic time to be a pupil or a member of staff in this school.”

To improve further, inspectors recommended further improving teaching, particularly in Key Stage Three, so that students’ achievement is raised – through such methods as consistently setting work that is sufficiently challenging – and increasing the number of vocational courses in the sixth form.