Diss High School retains ‘Good’ Ofsted

Diss, Norfolk. Diss High School ENGANL00120141202153305
Diss, Norfolk. Diss High School ENGANL00120141202153305

Diss High School is celebrating after Ofsted deemed the school to be ‘Good’ following a recent inspection.

Ofsted carried out the inspection towards the end of February, observing 40 lessons.

It was deemed to be ‘Good’ in all four areas - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.

John Wooddissee, chairman of Governors at Diss High School, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has seen the very real strengths of this school. We look forward to building on these strengths in the future.”

Jan Hunt, headteacher at Diss High School, added: “Ofsted is a rigorous process and staff and students should feel justifiably proud that their achievements have been recognised.”

Most teaching is good and improving, the sixth form at the school is good, and the number of students attaining five GCSEs at A* to G grades is above average, according to their findings. The report also stated students achieve well, especially in English, behaviour of pupils is good, while governors and senior leaders were also praised.

The report says that for Diss High School to attain ‘Outstanding’ status, marking and feedback needs to be used in lessons “to help more students make outstanding progress by showing them what to do in order to develop their learning,” while teaching and learning in both the school and the sixth form could improve by “helping students to develop the research and problem-solving skills essential for later life.”

The last inspection at the school, in October 2008, had also deemed the school to be ‘Good’.

Ofsted deems a ‘Good’ school to be “effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs,” with pupils “well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”