'Outstanding in everything' thrills Joshua

KING David High School chief Joshua Rowe has told of his pride after the school received an "outstanding" report in every category from Ofsted.

"We are so proud of all the staff and the pupils," the KD High governors' chairman told the Jewish Telegraph.

"Ofsted gave us a verbal briefing two weeks before the report was released and what they also found to be exceptional was our child-orientation.

"Everything in our school is about the pupils - the inspectors found that quite unique."

Ofsted found the school to be outstanding in leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth-form provision.

Among their comments were: "The progress students make from their starting points in different subject areas, including English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities, the arts and physical education, is outstanding.

"This is the case for all groups of students, including those of different abilities and both boys and girls.

"Students' exceptional behaviour makes a strong contribution to their learning.

"They demonstrate consistently a real thirst for knowledge and a strong will to do their very best.

"This drive is matched by the

teachers' very high expectations of the students."

Mr Rowe said: "They told us that in many schools, it is a case of 'us and them', between the staff and pupils.

"What they found at KD is that it is all about the kids.

"The staff are so dedicated and committed to making sure the pupils do well.

"The inspectors said that was so refreshing to see."

He added that the outstanding report has thrilled the students.

"It is also a big acknowledgement to the staff for the effort that put in for each and every child."

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