Letchworth school’s delight as Ofsted inspection sees ‘significant improvement’

Fearnhill School headteacher Jed Whelan said everyone is delighted with the Ofsted report.

Fearnhill School headteacher Jed Whelan said everyone is delighted with the Ofsted report. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth secondary school has been rewarded for its ‘passion and commitment to improve’ after receiving a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors.

Fearnhill School received a glowing report which singled out both staff and pupils for praise due to the ‘significant improvement’ in the quality of teaching and the achievement of students.

Inspectors found that the ethos of the school is one in which students are motivated and keen to learn, while the sixth form is making good progress.

It was also reported after the two-day inspection, which took place last month, that students are helpful to their peers, and that bullying is a rarity at the Icknield Way school.

Headteacher Jed Whelan said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the report as it is the external verification that we are doing the right things for our young people.

“Our students achieve well but they also feel safe and well cared for.

“Staff, students and governors have worked relentlessly to secure the improvements recognised in the report.

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“My sincere thanks and admiration goes to them all.

“We also know that our journey continues and it was encouraging to see that the inspectors acknowledge our potential to be outstanding.”

An Ofsted spokesman said: “The headteacher and his senior team demonstrate the necessary ambition and vision to secure further improvement for the school.”

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