Ken Stimpson Community School has been praised
by Ofsted for its rapid improvement, its many good features and the
great strides it has made since its last inspection.
Inspectors visited the school on Staniland
Way, Werrington, Peterborough, on 13 and 14 October and rated it
satisfactory overall. It was praised as good in 20 of the 30 areas
The school's capacity for sustained
improvement, the extent to which pupils feel safe, their behaviour,
the way pupils adopt healthy lifestyles, and their contribution to
the school and wider community were praised as good.
Also rated good were pupils’ development of
workplace skills, the way the curriculum meets their needs, the
care, guidance and support pupils receive and leadership and
management. The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging
and supporting the school is outstanding.
The report said: "Ken Stimpson Community
School is a satisfactory school. It is improving rapidly and has
many good features. The school has made several essential changes
for the better since the previous inspection and these demonstrate
its good capacity for sustained improvement.
"Due to good leadership and management, the
school's Key Stage 4 examination results improved exponentially in
2010 with 74 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C
grades in their GCSE examinations, including 54 per cent which
included maths and English."
Inspectors found that students appreciate the
good support they receive and the very good facilities in school.
Students' behaviour, attendance and punctuality are good.
The effectiveness of the sixth form is good
and exam results showed significant improvements in 2010. The
report said: "Students gained above average results in their
examinations. Most teaching observed was good and students take
responsibility for their own learning. There is good monitoring of
progress and continuous assessment. As a result, students are
secure in knowing how well they are doing and what to do better to
To improve further, the school has been
advised it needs to raise attainment by ensuring that students make
consistently good or better progress in lessons through good
teaching and learning and ensuring teaching meets the needs of all
Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for
education, skills and university, said: "Well done to everyone at
Ken Stimpson Community School for achieving this very positive
Ofsted report. Inspectors noticed the huge improvements which have
taken place at the school since its last inspection. This is thanks
to the hard work of the headteacher Richard Lord, staff, governors,
pupils and parents.
"I am confident that everyone at the school
knows what they need to do to improve further."
Mr Lord said: "I am very heartened by the
comments of the inspection team who recognised the great strides
that we continue to make. It is particularly impressive that we
have improved from satisfactory to good in the vast majority of
areas, so that 20 of the 30 categories are now classed as
"I am very pleased that the outstanding
qualities of the governing body have been recognised, as this is a
major strength of our school. On the back of our best examination
results ever, this validation from Ofsted is a testament to the
hard work of students, staff and parents. This is great news for
the Werrington community."