School has a friendly, welcoming ethos, find Ofsted inspectors
STUDENTS at Hanham High School have been commended by inspectors for their good behaviour.
A team from Ofsted that visited the South Gloucestershire comprehensive in March said students were respectful and got on well with their peers.
"The school has a friendly, welcoming ethos and the good behaviour of students makes a significant contribution to a harmonious school community," the report said.
Her Majesty's Inspector Peter Sanderson said students enjoyed school and felt safe and this was reflected in their above average attendance levels.
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He also noted that the number of exclusions from the school, which in the past had been above average, had decreased rapidly over the last 18 months and were now below average.
The inspection team, led by Mr Sanderson, praised the good curriculum at the 1,033-pupil school in Memorial Road.
Inspectors said a wide range of academic and vocational courses were offered, with courses tailored to meet individual needs.
"On leaving school, few students are not in education, employment or training. The school provides many good opportunities for students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development both in lessons and through the broad range of extra-curricular activities on offer," the report said.
The school was rated satisfactory in the areas of pupil achievement, quality of teaching and leadership and management.
Mr Sanderson said it had demonstrated it had the capacity to improve and had already taken action to reverse a decline in Year 11 students' attainment last year.
"The head teacher's ambition and passion to ensure that all students are well cared for and achieve well are shared by all staff," he reported.
"Senior leaders have a sound understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses and a clear plan is in place to drive improvement."
Inspectors said that there was both good and outstanding teaching in the school but the quality overall was varied.
They said the school needed to improve teaching until it was consistently good or better and should ensure that monitoring and tracking information was used well.
Head teacher Peggy Farrington, pictured, said the judgements had been expected, based on last year's exam results. "We know that the upward trend of the last few years, which took a dip last year, will be back on track this summer," she said. "We are pleased that some of the school's strengths, such as the good levels of attendance and the drop in exclusions, has been acknowledged."