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
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
"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
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
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
"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.”