Fenland high school making satisfactory progress says Ofsted report

A HIGH school serving a wide area of Fenland is making satisfactory progress, says a report by government inspectors.

Marshland High School in West Walton was visited by Ofsted staff in September.

Their report said: “Marshland High is a satisfactory school that is improving.

“A culture of high aspirations is being embedded successfully by the head teacher, the senior management team and by staff and students alike.

“As a result, students’ attendance has improved further and is now good, and standards, particularly in English and mathematics, are rising rapidly.

“The school recognises that there is more to do to improve the achievement for all groups of students, to improve results in English and to increase the overall number of students gaining the highest grades.”

Some students’ behaviour is disruptive and impedes the learning of others, the report adds. It says good support exists for children from the travelling community and those in care.

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Standards have improved and GCSE exam results in 2009/10 were close to national averages, although the number of students achieving the highest grades was low.

“Students are prepared well for life after school, with a high proportion of students progressing successfully into further education after Year 11,” said the report.

“Teachers show good subject knowledge in lessons and are confident in their approach.”