College raising standards and aspirations

PUBLISHED: 18:09 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

HONITON Community College is a good school and improving rapidly, according to education inspectors.

HONITON Community College is a good school and improving rapidly, according to education inspectors.They say there has been a marked improvement in achievement and standards over the past three years, with students recording above average GCSE results.The provision for sixth form students is also good with a very wide range of courses which meets their needs well.Raising aspirations among students had been a factor in significant success, college principal Norman Tyson told the Herald."Honiton is a good school (which) is improving rapidly," says the new report from the school standards agency Ofsted."The impact of the recent rapid improvements indicates that the school has good capacity to improve further."The inspectors say the atmosphere in the college is calm and purposeful, with articulate and friendly students who behave well."Students work well together and are conscientious. They feel cared for (and) the quality of care and support is excellent," says lead inspector Mary Massey."Their positive attitudes have contributed to the recent improvement in achievement and standards." Ms Massey says some of the teaching the inspectors saw at Honiton was outstanding. The rapid expansion in ICT provision and the development of both teachers and students' skills has helped improve teaching and learning throughout the college, and some of the exceptional practice has received national recognition. Ms Massey said: "The drivers for the progress the college has made have been a newly formed, energetic and dedicated senior leadership team and middle managers, who are committed to improving outcomes for students. "The school is meticulous in consulting prospective sixth formers on their needs and responding where possible."Four Ofsted inspectors spent two days at Honiton last month. They say, to continue its rapid improvements, the college should improve the quality of teaching and learning still further - by sharing the good and outstanding practice that already exists and provide more opportunities for students to contribute to the wider community.College principal Norman Tyson said: "I am very pleased that the Ofsted inspection recognises the hard work that staff and students have put in over the last few years to secure high levels of success across all areas of college activity. "We will build upon this success to make further improvements for the benefit of all our students."Lynda Price, chairman of the college's board of governors, said: "I welcome the report, which recognises that the standards that students achieve at the college have improved substantially and the A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths, are now well above national average.

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