In The News: School ‘Proud’ Of Impressive Ofsted Report

Minsthorpe Community College

This article originally appeared in the Thursday 21st June 2018 edition of the Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express ×

The education watchdog has praised the ‘relentless’ efforts of staff at a South Elmsall college to improve teaching.

Ofsted rated Minsthorpe Community College "good" in a report published this week and said staff were committed to improving standards.

In a letter to headteacher Ray Henshaw, Ofsted said: "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

"Since your appointment as headteacher, shortly before the last inspection, you have ensured that leaders have adopted a strategic and measured approach to improvement priorities.

"You have ensured that professional support is in place for those teachers who you identify as needing it. Leaders are relentless in checking the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and hold staff to account for pupils’ progress. As a result, any weakness in teaching is quickly identified and tackled effectively."

Mr Henshaw said: "You can tell from the glowing language of their report that it was not just that they appreciated our many strengths but that they were also confident that we knew where we needed to improve because we were already addressing the issues that they identified.

"The strength of this college is in the relationships that exist between staff and students and the fact that parents appreciate what we do and support the college.

"We are all rightly proud of this report and it comes at a great time as next year is the 50th anniversary of the college being opened."

Ofsted said to further improve the college must ensure "pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities make good progress in all subjects, pupils make good progress in science and modern languages" and the college continues to "improve the attendance of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN".

James Carney
Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express

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