Knights Templar School described as 'outstanding'

SCHOOL staff have been told they are being too modest - because the school is even better than they think. Knights Templar in Baldock claimed in its self evaluation that the school is good - but was described by Ofsted inspectors as outstanding . Exc

SCHOOL staff have been told they are being too modest - because the school is even better than they think.

Knights Templar in Baldock claimed in its self evaluation that the school is "good" - but was described by Ofsted inspectors as "outstanding".

Excellent grades were awarded for all categories covered by the inspection with teaching, extra-curricular activities and the sixth form identified as outstanding because students achieved very well overall.

"Teaching and learning are strengths. Results generally are above average," said the Ofsted report.


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"There is insufficient time for religious education but the school has clear plans to enhance the curriculum."

The support for students' personal development was also singled out for special praise.

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"The school successfully meets its aim to create a healthy, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which all students have the maximum opportunity to develop to the fullest of their potential academically, culturally, socially and spiritually," added the report.

"Behaviour is exemplary and means the school is very pleasant and orderly place where students feel safe and learning flourishes."

Headteacher Peter Chapman was delighted to have such a strong report before his retirement at Easter, saying: "It is a tribute to the dedication of all the staff at the school, the hard work of pupils and the terrific support from parents and governors."

The report also praises the school for "improving markedly" since the last inspection in 1999, when the school was rated as "very good".

Ofsted said that further improvements can be made by making sure that the work is accurately matched to the abilities of all the students, and expanding the amount of sixth form courses.

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