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Ofsted Praise for Middle School


Hethersett Middle School is celebrating a successful OFSTED inspection. 

In his report, Government inspector John Francis stated that Hethersett Middle School was “a good school that offers good value for money.” 

The inspection report praised staff and pupils: 

“The pupils enjoy being at school, are welcoming and very positive about their learning. Behaviour is good and pupils report that bullying is rare and quickly dealt with when it does happen. 

“Good teaching, along with a good curriculum and the excellent opportunities for enrichment found throughout the school prepares pupils very well for their future life. The quality of care and support for pupils is good,” the report states. 

“Across the school, teachers motivate pupils to attain high standards and have high expectations of their behaviour and work rate,” it continues. 

The school receives a grading of “good” in every category – achievement and standards; personal development and well-being; teaching and learning; curriculum and other activities; care, guidance and support; and leadership and management. 

It is rated as outstanding in providing a healthy lifestyle for its pupils and developing skills in the children that will contribute to their future well being. 

There is also a special mention for the interest pupils show in the community: “Pupils have a good awareness of the community, learn to care about others and raise money for good causes.” 

The report also highlights the breadth of the curriculum: “The good curriculum is enhanced by an exceptional range of enrichment activities. These include additional sporting and creative activities, such as swimming, pottery and a writers’ workshop.” 

The report states that pupils are well cared for and relationships within the school are good: 

“The good relationships established between staff, parents and governors encourage all to play an active role in the school’s work.” 

Head Teacher Andy Whittle welcomed the report and paid tribute to the efforts of staff: 

“Our successful report is due to the effort which all staff, children and parents put into ensuring our school creates a happy, stimulating and challenging environment with high expectations,” he said. 

The full report is available on the OFSTED web site at