Outstanding! Head’s delight as Hitchin school achieves Ofsted’s top rating

Hitchin Boys' School were awarded outstanding by Ofsted.

Hitchin Boys' School were awarded outstanding by Ofsted. - Credit: Archant

Hitchin Boys’ School is celebrating after scoring an ‘outstanding’ success in the wake of a visit by Ofsted inspectors.

The school received the rare distinction of being rated as outstanding in every department after the inspectors came to Grammar School Walk in January.

Their report praised the school for its top-quality teaching and the personal development of pupils.

It also noted that staff, pupils and parents are extremely proud of the school and value its strong leadership.

Ofsted’s report stated the school’s motto ‘Per ardua ad alta’ – ‘Striving for excellence’ is reflected strongly in the life of the school.


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The inspectors felt pupils thrive because spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and academic achievement are promoted equally well, including for pupils with special educational needs, and for the most able pupils who are able to excel at the school.

The governors were also praised for being very well-informed about the school and showing commitment to both challenging and supporting the school.

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Headteacher Martin Brown said: “We are all delighted.

“Since the last inspection in 2011 we have worked very hard to create a school of which we can all be proud.

“We are very happy Ofsted inspectors recognised our vision for a well-rounded education which strikes a balance between personal development and academic excellence.”

The report also mentioned the school’s ‘positive and purposeful culture underpinned by a highly effective head’.

School chair of governors, Kerr McPhee added: “We’re extremely proud of the leadership, the staff and the pupils.

“We’re very pleased the report highlighted so many of the school’s strengths and we’re committed to maintaining these exceptionally high standards.”

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