Ofsted Chief Inspector of Schools Amanda Spielman chose to visit St Peter’s School in Huntingdon to launch her first Ofsted annual report in recognition of the rapid improvements at the school.
During her visit she met staff and students from the academy before heading off on a tour of the school to see teaching in learning in action She visited the school to launch her first Chief Inspector’s annual report, which represents the culmination of 26,000 inspections following her first year in charge.
St Peter’s School is considered to be one of the most improved schools in the country based on its performance during the last academic year. The secondary school and sixth form, which joined The Cam Academy Trust in September 2016, moved out of ‘Special Measures’ straight to ‘Good’ and recorded its highest ever GCSE results with 66 per cent of students achieving the new Grade 4 or above in both English and maths – 11 percentage points higher than the previous year and above the national average.
Ms Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector said: “St Peter’s, like many schools, struggled for several years. However, challenges can be overcome and St Peter’s proved that this year when for the first time in a long time the school did well at inspection.
“The headteacher and his team have been unrelenting in improving the quality of provision within the school. The good rating was a big achievement for the team and the area it serves, and this should be celebrated.
“When I visited the school, I saw a well-planned and strong educational experience, which is setting a great platform for further improvement and will take local children forward in life.”
Headteacher, Christopher Bennet, said: “We are delighted Amanda chose St Peter’s School to launch her first annual Ofsted report. Our staff have worked exceptionally hard to make improvements at the academy over the past few months and I am thrilled they are receiving the recognition they deserve.
“The progress our school has made in such a short time was clearly demonstrated by our Ofsted inspection which noted significant improvements and judged us as being a ‘Good’ school. This was then further reinforced by our exam results this summer which were the highest the school has ever achieved, with 66 per cent of students achieving a Grade 4 or higher in both English and maths.”
Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust, Stephen Munday, said: “Children at St Peter’s School are receiving an excellent education and this has been recognised by several educational professionals from across the board, including those from Ofsted. The academy is judged to be one of the most improved in the country and we are all delighted that ‘excellence for all’, the vision of The Cam Academy Trust, is becoming a reality at St Peter’s.”