MP’s praise for Hunstanton school’s transformation
Hunstanton’s MP has praised the transformation and improvements made at Smithdon High School following its most recent Ofsted report.
Inspectors last week hailed the school as ‘Good’ across the board following an inspection last month. The school was praised for its ‘well-crafted,’ ambitious programmes of study and the inspector said pupils “value the opportunities to nurture existing talents and develop new ones”.
It comes after Smithdon, a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, was previously graded as ‘requires improvement’ four years ago following an inspection in October 2019.
Reacting to Smithdon’s latest Ofsted, North West Norfolk MP James Wild said: “Schools play a vital role in helping children realise their potential so it is very encouraging to see recognition by Ofsted of the improvements Smithdon has made.
“This progress is testament to the considerable efforts and commitment of teachers, staff, and the pupils to deliver better outcomes."
The report says pupils are benefiting from the improvements made since the school’s previous inspection, and they know teachers have high aspirations for them, and respond to those well.
Personal social and health education (PHSE) was highlighted for supporting pupils to develop an increasing understanding of sensitive topics.
“They are well prepared to become positive citizens in modern Britain. Pupils learn the importance of difference, tolerance and respect. They use this knowledge to embrace and celebrate diversity,” the report says.
“Most pupils work hard in lessons and produce high quality work. Over time, pupils learn well. Their achievements have increased steadily in recent years.”
The Ofsted report says the school has worked hard to improve behaviour of pupils, and there are high expectations which pupils understand. Most adults consistently apply the expected routines and develop positive relationships.
But there are some pupils who, at times, do not feel valued for their contributions and don’t make the effort to behave positively, noted the inspector.
Headteacher Amanda Gibbins, who took up her role in September last year, having been deputy headteacher previously, said last week that the report was “testament to the whole Smithdon community and the hard work of everyone involved”.
Rebecca Walker, Deputy CEO of West Norfolk Academies Trust, of which Smithdon is part of, added: "Together we are working to continue improvements at Smithdon, and are looking forward to celebrating every future success.”