College's 'exceptional' progress in short existence

By Matt White

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

 

CHRIST the King College has made exceptional progress since it opened last year, according to Ofsted inspectors.

The college, which is the result of an amalgamation between Archbishop King and Trinity middle schools, has been rated good overall, with outstanding aspects.

Inspectors, who visited the college earlier this month, said the progress it had made in a relatively short space of time was exceptional.

Some of the teaching was outstanding, as was the effectiveness of care, guidance and support to pupils.

The extent of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also judged outstanding.

"We have been through a significant period of change but I am absolutely delighted Ofsted recognised the progress of our wonderful students and staff," said headteacher Pat Goodhead.

Inspectors said all the key priorities were being met to make a successful transition into a high school — the first Christian high school on the Island. But in order to make the college outstanding overall, the proportion of outstanding teaching should be increased to 30 per cent by January 2011 and a wider variety of learning styles introduced to lessons.

"We now look forward to building on this success as we move forward to becoming a high school," said Mrs Goodhead.

• Report and picture in Friday, November 27, County Press

Reporter: mattw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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