Harleston’s Archbishop Sancroft High School (ASHS) is celebrating being judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors who praised pupils’ achievement and behaviour and the quality of the school’s teaching and leadership.
Headteacher Richard Cranmer said the news was very pleasing as the school had “worked so hard to achieve it”.
The grading is a step up for ASHS, which is the only Church of England high school in Norfolk. It was previously judged ‘Satisfactory’ and has been involved in Norfolk County Council’s Good to Great scheme which supports schools in achieving improved Ofsted grades.
Ofsted said of ASHS that it promoted “a strong sense of community” where “students thrive”, the “strong senior leadership team has secured good improvements in teaching and learning”, teachers had “high expectations and provide students with work that is interesting and varied”, and “students behave well in lessons” and are “very polite, friendly and mature”.
Attainment at GCSE level in the school has risen and recent results were above average in English and Maths, while progress from Key Stage 2 to 4 placed the school in the top 20 per cent in the country.
Mr Cranmer said he was particularly pleased with the comments on the school’s community ethos and the praise for its students’ behaviour. “To me there is more to a successful education than just meeting high standards in Maths and English. We are a Church of England school and the ethos in which our students succeed is particularly important to us and we feel we are well-supported by the diocese in that.”