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Staff and youngsters celebrate Parkside Middle School's Ofsted report
8:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014 in Local
STAFF and pupils at a Bromsgrove school have been celebrating the results of a recent inspection.
Ofsted inspectors visited Parkside Middle School on February 27 and 28.
In a recently published report the school was given a rating of two, which is good in Ofsted's criteria, in all categories.
These included the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and the leadership and management.
Overall the Stourbridge Road-based school was also judged as good.
The report said the school's effectiveness, achievement and teaching have all improved since the previous inspection.
The inspector commented: "Pupils achieve well because teaching is good, and also because they have good attitudes to school and learning.
"By the end of year eight, their (the school's pupils) attainment is typically above that expected for their age.
"Leadership at all levels is good, from subject and key stage leaders to the senior leadership team and the governing body."
The report added: "Pupils come to school regularly because they know there will always be something of interest to do and learn."
The report suggested the school could improve further by increasing the proportion of good and outstanding teaching, by enhancing pupil's achievement, and by ensuring a more consistent approach to the regular marking of pupils work.
It was also suggested that the youngsters' achievements in maths could be raised further by having pupils use and apply their maths skills across a wide range of subjects.
Headteacher Neil Mills said the report was the best in the school's history as it have received a good rating when Ofsted's framework had become more stringent, since the school's previous good rating in 2012.
The headteacher said: "We are delighted that the school has been rated as good in all categories.
"With the new inspection regime being tougher than ever, achieving this outcome recognises everyone’s hard work and commitment to serving our children and families to the best of our abilities."
The headteacher added that as the youngsters were praised for their exemplary behaviour, they were being treated with a non-uniform activity day at the end of term.
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