A Letchworth school has received an improved Ofsted rating following an inspection at the beginning of term.

Fearnhill School has moved from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good' since it's last inspection three years ago.

Ofsted's inspectors reported that the school was "like a family", and that students were "happy and safe".


The report stated: "Pupils value the positive relationships they have with staff and each other.

"They learn important values such as tolerance and compassion. In their experience, it is fine to be different.

“Classroom routines are well established to support all pupils to participate fully in their lessons.

"Pupils are engaged in their lessons and learn effective strategies for remembering new information. This helps them to achieve well. Pupils know how to behave appropriately.

"They behave well in the vast majority of lessons and during social time.

The Comet: Headteacher Liz Ellis standing in front of Fearnhill School.Headteacher Liz Ellis standing in front of Fearnhill School. (Image: Fearnhill School)

"The school environment is calm and orderly. Pupils enjoy school.

"They speak positively about the extra-curricular and enrichment activities that they take part in, such as sports and performing arts.

"Many pupils are also involved in the ‘Fearnhill Flyers’ programme which partners with Balliol College, Oxford.”

The school's headteacher Liz Ellis has since spoken of her delight, following the Ofsted rating's publication.

She said: "We are delighted that the team of Ofsted inspectors recognised the quality of work and progress at Fearnhill.

“They acknowledged the major improvements that have taken place since 2019 and gave their seal of approval to all aspects of the school’s work.

"All members of the school community - students, staff, governors, parents and carers - continue to work together every day to ensure the best possible education is available to Letchworth children.

"We will continue to grow and flourish as a school community with the support of everyone in the ‘Fearnhill Family’."