Ofsted inspectors visited the school last month to see if Queen Elizabeth’s School (QE) previous rating of ‘Good’ could be upheld.
The verdict was that the quality of education, the school’s clear determination to improve and its strong sense of community meant QE was maintaining the high standards previously set.
Headteacher Martin McLeman said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has said we are still a good school.
“We are proud that the inspectors recognised how ambitious we are for all our pupils.
“Our staff are determined that their teaching and pupils’ attainment continue to improve and I am pleased that Ofsted has recognised their hard work.
“We are also very pleased that the positive learning environment we pride ourselves in providing was recognised.”
Following the one-day inspection, the inspectors concluded that the school’s leadership has maintained the good quality of education.
Ofsted reported that leaders demonstrated clear expectations and a determination to improve and were supported by a strong governing body.
Praise was also given on how the school has strengthened the pastoral and subject leadership of the school.
For the sixth form in particular a change in leadership has had an immediate positive impact.
The inspectors said the school provides a calm, purposeful environment which the pupils take pride in and that pupils feel cared for.
Writing to the headteacher, inspector David New, said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
“Supported by a strong governing body, you have made your expectations clear and shown determination and resolve to improve the quality of education pupils receive.
“There is a strong sense of community in the school both from staff and from pupils, founded on a strong Christian ethos.”
Note to editors: QE School is a co-educational secondary school in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, and takes students between the ages of 13 and 18. The school has been providing education and opportunity for young people for more than 500 years. QE, supported by its Minster Foundation, aims to develop the potential of every member of the school community by encouraging, nurturing and stimulating them and by celebrating their achievement. The school is sustained by its commitment to a shared set of values based on the Christian faith. For more information, visit www.qe.dorset.sch.uk.
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