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Hampton College's outstanding status reaffirmed by Ofsted

14 July 2010

Hampton College has been rated outstanding for the second time by government Ofsted inspectors.

The school on Eagle Way, Hampton Vale, Peterborough, was inspected on 23 and 24 June 2010 and rated outstanding overall with an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The school opened in 2005 and was rated outstanding at its first Ofsted inspection in 2007.

The report said the school continues to provide very high quality education and experiences for students. Students achieve exceptionally well and show an exemplary attitude to learning. An above average number of students achieve the highest grades and the standards reached in science are outstanding.

The report said: "The school's values, which focus on respect and positive behaviour, are now well embedded and contribute to the 'can do' culture and the high expectations set by the headteacher, governors, all staff and the students themselves.

"Teachers work hard to make learning fun and students' enjoyment of school is reflected in their high and improving levels of attendance."

The report concluded that students make excellent progress from their starting points. As a result, and because of the high quality teaching, standards at the college are rising rapidly. Students feel safe and valued as individuals and inspectors witnessed much exemplary behaviour.

Inspectors found that the way the school uses its humanities specialist status to raise students' aspirations is a significant strength. Headteacher Peter Hains was also praised by inspectors for his outstanding leadership and management.

The report said: "The headteacher provides inspirational leadership and, in conjunction with a highly skilled and dedicated senior management team, is driving forward improvements successfully, whilst managing a rapidly growing new school and sixth form."

Since the last inspection the quality of provision has been maintained or improved, including pupils' attendance. Good progress has also been made in implementing the recommendations made at the last inspection to help the school improve further.

Inspectors found that a strong community spirit exists among students in the sixth form and students act as excellent ambassadors and role models to their peers in the main school.

The report said: "Inspectors observed good progress being made in lessons and were impressed with the maturity, reflection and dedication shown by students to their work. The curriculum is broad and improving."

Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "This is fantastic news for Hampton College. It is a real success for a school to secure an outstanding grade from Ofsted, but to achieve it twice is a real accolade.

"Well done to the headteacher Mr Hains, teachers, pupils, parents and governors, who have all worked incredibly hard to achieve this outstanding result."

Mr Hains added: “This report is a great endorsement of the hard work that has been put in by staff, students and governors over the past five years. When the inspectors phoned they gave us one day’s notice so we had to cancel sports day. However, everyone including staff and students settled down and showed the inspectors the sort of teaching and learning that goes on here every day.

"The township of Hampton is growing all the time and we look forward to adding the second half of our school-building very soon so that we can maintain these high standards as the school grows to its full capacity.”