All smiles after Congleton High School Ofsted results

By Alex Greensmith

15th Mar 2023 | Local News

It is all smiles for teachers, staff and students at Congleton High School.

The 11-18 school welcomed Ofsted inspectors in February and have now received the final report.

The school leaders are pleased to confirm that the inspectors who visited have agreed that Congleton High remains a 'Good' school and that students and staff continue to embody their school motto, Achieving Success Together.

The report, which opens by praising the school as a "warm, welcoming place to learn and work", represents the school community well and leaders are particularly proud of all the positive comments regarding the students, including:

  • "Pupils are polite, courteous and enjoy speaking with visitors to the school. They behave well in lessons and around school, which results in a calm and purposeful environment."
  • "From Year 7 to 13, pupils respect each other and are considerate of each other's differences."

The report includes many excellent observations of the strengths of school staff, their knowledge and also the support they give to students for both their academic and personal development along with emotional and physical wellbeing:

  • "Teachers have strong subject knowledge…they use this expertise to help pupils remember and apply the essential knowledge and skills they have been taught."
  • "Leaders are ambitious for all pupils."
  • "Leaders place as much emphasis on pupils' personal development as they do on their academic achievement."
  • "Pupils are confident that leaders and staff will listen to their concerns. they trust staff to sort out any concerns they may have." 
  • "The experienced safeguarding team is supported by staff who are knowledgeable and alert to any issues pupils may face."

The school team has also been delighted to see their "broad and balanced curriculum" positively described as "shaped well to meet pupils' needs, interests and aspirations."

Formerly known as Heathfield High School, Congleton High School is locaated in the west of the town.

Mr Mike Warren, Headteacher at Congleton High School, commented:

"We have been delighted with the outcome of this latest inspection. The praise directed at students and staff is very much deserved and I would like to thank all our students and my colleagues for their support throughout this time.

"The report gives a fair assessment of what we do well at Congleton High School and also provides us with a focus for how we can continue to be even better. We will be using this information, along with the views of students, parents, carers and staff to make our next steps on this journey of improvement."

Mr Warren also expressed gratitude to the school's parents and carers for their positive engagement with the inspection: 

"Thank you to all those parents and carers who contributed to the inspection through the Ofsted Parent View questionnaire. Your responses were considered along with all the other inspection evidence and formed the basis of a number of conversations between the school leadership and inspectors." 

Situated on 8-12 Box Lane, you can find more about Congleton High School and their Ofsted success on their website.

The school has a specialism in engineering, and is located on Box Lane. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Congleton Nub News)

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