Sherburn High School progressS

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The achievement of pupils at Sherburn High School “requires improvement” according to its latest Ofsted report.

Sherburn High School on Garden Lane was graded as “good” in three categories by inspectors who visited the school last month but was graded as needing improvement under the category of pupil achievement.

Areas marked as “good” by the Goverment body included the behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management and the quality of teaching at the school, which enrols 750 students.

In the report, inspectors said students were not achieving high enough standards in English and maths by the time they sit their GCSEs.

The report said: “Students enter the school with average attainment and many do not reach the highest standards of attainment by Key Stage four. This indicates that achievement requires improvement.”

The report added that progress made by English and maths students over the last two years has been “variable, and at times, much slower than would be expected”.

It said: “Students are set challenging targets but recent improvements to the quality of teaching are yet to have their full impact on students’ achievement. However, school leaders are able to demonstrate that achievement in most subjects, in Years 11 and 13, and is continuing to improve in 2013.”

Inspectors acknowledged a number of key strengths in the school, including an improvement of teaching, a strong focus on raising expectations and what inspectors described as a “strong climate of learning.”

Headteacher Martyn Sibley said: “We were particularly pleased that the inspection team identified all the hard work that has gone into improving the quality of teaching since our last inspection in 2011.

“We believe that this is the critical building block on which will now move the school rapidly to outstanding. We accept that work still needs to be done, and we are building on what we already have in place, good teachers and the quality of teaching.”

The school will be inspected by Ofsted again within the next two years.