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Posted on: 20/03/2017

Ofsted praised the hard work of staff and students during its latest inspection

High praise for the practices and hard work of staff and students at Burnham Grammar has been given by Ofsted inspectors following their visit last month.

The education watchdog visited on Tuesday February 28 where it was able to see the pride and confidence the students have in their school, as well as the positive atmosphere created in which the pupils wish to learn.

Burnham Grammar was judged still to be a Good school, the same rating as its last inspection in 2012.

Headteacher Dr Andrew Gillespie said: “I am extremely proud that the tireless work of staff and students and the significant progress that the school has made since the last inspection was highlighted by Ofsted.

“They have highlighted so much of the exemplary practice that makes Burnham Grammar unique and which, as they stated, ensures that our students are ‘confident, self-motivated, keen to learn and not afraid to make mistakes’.”

In the report, which was returned to the headteacher on Wednesday March 15, the inspectors identified numerous successes throughout the popular school including: “excellent subject knowledge of teachers”; “the robust systems in place to track the progress that pupils are making”; and “saw examples of high quality guidance to pupils on how to improve their work, enabling them to build their skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding”.

The next steps that Ofsted identified for the school matched the priorities for development that the school had identified and are addressing through their nationally recognised professional development programmes.  The quality and impact of these programmes was praised by Ofsted and had previously resulted in the school receiving the Investors in People Gold and South East Champion award.

Dr Gillespie added: “Quite rightly Ofsted concluded that the students exemplify the school’s motto of ‘embracing challenge’.”

The full report will be available at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted shortly.