Inspectors praise 'rapidly improving' Mangotsfield School
Head teacher Hetty Blackmore outside Mangotsfield School, which has just received its first ever good rating from Ofsted
MANGOTSFIELD School has been given its first ever 'good' rating by Ofsted.
Inspectors from the education watchdog said the secondary school is "rapidly improving", with leaders who have raised expectations and pupils who are "working harder".
A team of four inspectors visited the school on Rodway Hill, which was previously said to require improvement, in March.
Their report said staff, pupils and parents all now regarded the school as "a much better place to learn".
Ofsted said: "They value being part of this community-focused, ambitious school.
"Changes in leadership since the previous inspection are making a big difference.
"Leaders know that pupils’ learning in some subjects has not been strong enough in the past.
"Leaders strive to ensure that pupils achieve their potential. Staff share this ambition. There is strong curriculum thinking across subjects.
"Teachers use assessment well so that they know how pupils are doing and can adjust the content of their teaching accordingly.
"However, the ambition for some pupils could be even higher. Similarly, teachers in some subjects are less adept at adjusting learning to meet the specific needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
"Pupils’ reading is prioritised. School leaders have thought carefully about how to promote reading and a love of books and to support those who struggle to read.
"Staff deliver well-planned activities to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and the world of work.
"Leaders have developed the ‘Mangotsfield Way’ to encourage pupils to be responsible and active citizens."
The inspectors recognised that more still needed to be done.
They said: "Pupils are mostly attentive in lessons and take pride in their work. Occasionally, less good behaviour means that pupils stop concentrating and need reminding of the new expectations.
"Similarly, the impact of the pandemic has unsettled certain groups of pupils and this affects their attendance. Leaders recognise that this means that the impact of their higher expectations is less secure than it might have been.
"Although some parents feel that staff are now too strict, leaders are right that they should continue to insist on the highest expectations for all.
"Pupils say that bullying can happen and mostly it is sorted well. Some pupils say that certain areas in the school worry them and that some pupils can be hurtful in what they say.
"Leaders know this and are taking action."
Head teacher Hetty Blackmore said: "Everyone has worked so hard for this outcome.
"I am thrilled that Mangotsfield community now has the recognition it deserves.
"Working with our brilliant students and staff every day is a joy, and I am very proud to be part of this school.
"We all have one aim - to ensure that our students are given the best chances and leave here with the best choices for their futures.
"I am so pleased the inspectors realised this, and the strong community we are.”
Mangotsfield School is part of the Castle School Education Trust, which also includes Downend School and Lyde Green Primary School.
Chief executive Will Roberts said: “This report affirms what we have seen in action in the school.
"The team at Mangotsfield School have made so much effort to improve the experience students have and the possible outcomes they can achieve.
"I am incredibly impressed by Mrs Blackmore’s, the staff’s and the school community’s commitment to making Mangotsfield the best school it can be."