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Groby Community College rated 'good' in all areas by Ofsted

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A college is celebrating a "good" Ofsted report for the first time.

Groby Community College was inspected last month. Staff have been told the school, which became an academy in September, is good in all areas.

In its previous inspection in December 2009, the school was judged satisfactory.

Robert Coles, who has led the college since September 2011, said: "I'm thrilled.

"The students did themselves proud during the two days inspectors came in. They saw their good behaviour, courtesy and helpfulness.

"Every student deserves to be able to attend a good school on their doorstep and that's what we have here.

"This is down to a team effort and it's fantastic to be able to take the school forward."

Inspectors said students made good progress across a wide range of subjects, particularly English.

The proportion of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, was well above average.

Last summer, 62 per cent achieved the benchmark grades, compared to 54 per cent the year before.

In addition, inspectors said teaching was good or outstanding and pupils were enthusiastic about their lessons.

Mr Coles was praised for having an "uncompromising ambition" and teachers were also highlighted for using a wide range of techniques to check students' understanding of their work.

In particular, inspectors said students in the sixth form made good progress and received good guidance.

Mr Coles said: "We have spent a lot of time focusing on how we deliver lessons so we're encouraging students in independent learning as much as possible.

"We're also rigorously checking their progress and encouraging them at every stage so not only do we have high expectations of them, they have high expectations of themselves.

"Teachers are well supported in professional development.

"I was particularly pleased with the praise we received for the sixth form and the attitude of students.

"They are fantastic role models for our youngster students and that shone through."

Year 10 student Darren Carpenter, said: "The teachers are friendly and helpful."

Dan Plumridge, in year 13, said: "Something I've always enjoyed about studying here is the atmosphere. Everyone's so welcoming. Help is always close at hand."

To improve further, staff were told to increase levels of outstanding teaching.

Groby Community College rated   'good' in all areas by Ofsted


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