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Press Release

A Norfolk headteacher has written to every pupil at his school following a glowing OFSTED report.

Tim Strugnell, head of Hethersett Middle School, sent the letters as a way of thanking pupils for their efforts and enthusiasm.

"We see the success of the school as a partnership between staff, parents, governors and the children. The enthusiasm of the youngsters has helped us to achieve a good OFSTED report and I felt this should be recognised," he said.

The letters highlight positive comments made by the inspectors about the good behaviour and discipline of the children. Included in the letter is the following message:

"This is a report for you all to be proud of. If you can continue to have the same positive attitude that the inspectors found, then we will continue to be a successful and happy school."

Numerous aspects of school life are praised in the report. There is particular mention for:

The high standards met by the pupils in both academic and personal development.

The clear and positive direction given by the leadership of the headteacher and an influential governing body which manages the school well.

The high quality of teaching and the caring outlook of staff.

The strong sense of community spirit and the close teamwork of the school.

The enthusiasm of the school.


The report highlights considerable progress made by the school since the previous inspection in 1996.

"Significant improvements have been made in the management of the school and these are contributing substantially to improving standards. The quality of management planning and financial control has been greatly improved," the report states.

It also praises the school for building development and refurbishment which has "contributed to raising morale."

Inspectors rated 80% of lessons either good or very good and none were found to be unsatisfactory. The school is also praised for the speedy way in which it sorts out problems.

The report urges the school to improve standards in information technology. Plans are already in hand to introduce a fully equipped and custom built computer suite.

"We are all delighted with the report which recognises the tremendous amount of work put in by all members of staff and also by the governors, children and parents. The school has made great strides forward in the past three years and we will ensure that by working together we will further enhance the school and the standards of education in the future. It is important that we do not rest on our laurels, but continue to improve every facet of school life," said chairman of governors Peter Steward.

Building improvements envisaged for the future include modernising the swimming pool and replacing the dilapidated design and technology block.

 

Norfolk's Director of Education, Dr Bryan Slater, has thanked those connected with the school for their efforts.

In a letter following the Ofsted report, Dr Slater says: "The school seems very well placed to meet the challenge of school improvement over the next few years.

"May I congratulate you and express my good wishes to everyone, paid and unpaid, who are working so hard at Hethersett VC Middle School."

A copy of the summary of the Ofsted Report has been sent to parents.

The school has also received praise in a report by an Ofsted Inspector to the Diocesan Board of Education which refers to it as "Purposefully alive, open, people-friendly and forward-looking with warm relationships between all members of the school family. The school's commitment to its Christian foundation is strong and active. This report is undertaken on all Church schools.

"The ethos of the school envelops all the children in an environment which strongly nurtures their personal, social, moral, physical and spiritual development," the report continues.

Please Note: A copy of the report is enclosed along with a copy of the letter sent to children and a copy of Dr Slater's letter to the Head. For further comment and information please contact: