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Grammar given "exceptional" grade in school inspection

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Friday 15 March 2019

Grammar given "exceptional" grade in school inspection

Guernsey's Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre has been given a "rare" 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' grade for all areas in a recent inspection.

The school, which is due to close as part of all-ability secondary education plans, was said to have a strong sense of community while preparing students for the "complexities of the world outside".

The inspection, carried out by Terry Carr Consultancy using the Education Scotland inspection framework, found around 95% of students make at least the expected levels of progress in core subjects and praised staff for their support in meeting the needs of all students.

It also acknowledged A Level results were "higher than predicted values, based upon students' GCSE results".

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Pictured: The report found students were making good progress and performing well in A Level exams (file image).

Kieran James took over as Acting Headteacher of the GS&SFC after it was announced previous Headteacher, Liz Coffey, would lead the new 11-18 college as Executive Headteacher.

Mr James said: "The inspection team was clear that achieving a grade of 'Excellent' is rare and exceptional. I am delighted that the report highlights not only the outstanding progress our students make in their academic studies, but also in their personal development and wider achievements in areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme.

"It is particularly pleasing that the whole school team has been recognised for their hard work, personalised care and commitment to the young people in our school over what has been a terrific journey of continuous improvement for the school. We are truly grateful for the support and help of our partners in the community, who have been a key part of the school's success."

The report described students as respectful towards one another and staff, adding the approach to improving the school was rigorous, systematic and very effective.

Liz Coffey

Pictured: Executive Headteacher of the future all-ability school, Liz Coffey, has welcomed the report.

Mrs Coffey commented: "The recent inspection report for the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre is a credit to the hard work of all who have contributed to the success of the school. As former Headteacher, I am immensely proud of these achievements.

"A selective cohort has meant the Grammar School has had different challenges to their Colleagues in the High Schools and as Executive Headteacher, I am excited about bringing together the expertise found across all schools, and working with staff to build a system which provides excellence for all in the future. I am determined to ensure that our new school model benefits from the successes achieved in all of our schools, and provides the highest quality education for every student."

The Grammar School is the last secondary school to be inspected using the current Education Scotland framework, which will be replaced with new Bailiwick-tailored guidelines when Ofsted takes over local inspections in September this year.

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