ONE of Sheffield’s top secondaries has been rated as outstanding - despite the introduction this year of a new tougher inspection regime.
Tapton School at Crosspool has received the highest possible grade in every single category - including the quality of teaching, the achievement of its pupils and its leadership and management.
Tapton, which became an academy last year, is now at the head of a family of city schools which includes Chaucer Secondary at Parson Cross and Meynell and Southey Green primaries,
Headteacher David Bowes said the inspection had been very challenging.
“We received the phone call from the lead inspector at 1.30 in the afternoon and by 8am the following day the team had begin their work,” he said.
“Outstanding is a very hard won accolade - it is a validation of all that our team has achieved and is a springboard for our wider aspirations.
“Our partnership with the local authority and trust schools will grow in order to provide the very best for all our young people.”
The inspection team found that pupils at the school were making exceptional progress, particularly in English and maths.
Attainment at GCSE and in the sixth form was equally high, with students being very well prepared for their future lives due to high quality teaching and excellent guidance.
Much of the teaching was found to be outstanding, and was never less than consistently good in most subjects.
Pupils themselves were praised for their outstanding manners and attendance rates, as well as their attitudes to learning and academy life.
Bullying was rare and the young people actively tried to prevent it from happening, while parents were happy that their youngsters were safe on and off the school site.
Students who were disabled or who had special educational needs were found to acheive as well as the other children, and all were exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education, training or employment.
Inspectors also found that the head and senior leaders were uncompromising in their pursuit of excellence in all of the school’s work.
Mr Bowes said the inspection process had proved to be much tougher than any that had come before, with a vast amount of information being collected as part of a thorough examination of every aspect of school life.
“Our students and staff were observed closely and examined rigorously - we are delighted and very proud that the judgement is so emphatically positive,” he added.