City’s ‘worst-performing’ secondary school is now one of the best

The Nottingham Post is reporting that one of the city’s worst-performing secondary schools has been “transformed” into one of the best…

Ellis Guilford School and Sports College was one of seven schools found to have “serious weaknesses” by education inspectors during a blitz on standards in December 2013.

It was previously rated as “good” but fell to Ofsted’s lowest rating of “inadequate”.

But now, after 18 months of hard work, the school in Bar Lane, Basford, has been rated as “good” again – the second highest rating.

Head teacher Dr Sally Coulton said: “We are proud of our Ofsted report and will continue to go from strength to strength to help give pupils the best possible education…

Lead inspector Sherry Gladwin said: “Effective behaviour management has led to a sharp decline in exclusions. Students’ attitudes to learning are also improving

The inspector said: “Standards are improving rapidly, particularly in English and mathematics…

Some of the biggest changes at the school in the last year-and-a-half include hiring 18 new teachers and introducing a new uniform last September…

Ellis Guilford is the first of the seven schools to have a higher rating than before and is the only one run by the local authority…

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It’s a shame there aren’t too many more details in the full article about the steps the school has taken but clearly a great job is being done by Dr Coulton and her team.

Any local insights on the actions that have made the most difference? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. anne_clarke

    SchoolsImprove interesting to note Ellis Guilford is first of 7 schools to have a higher rating than before only one run by local authority

  2. Nairb

    I look forward to Nicky Morgan congratulating the school on its good outcome and mentioning the Ofsted report comment ‘The work of the local authority to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and the effectiveness of leadership and management is effective and leads to higher achievement for students.’
    She’ll probably be prepared to quote this while discussing her policy of converting to an academy being the only way to school improvement.

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