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Colton Hills continues to be Good, say inspectors

Colton Hills Community School has been rated Good by Ofsted - and is getting better.

Colton Hills continues to be Good, say inspectors
Colton Hills rated Good by Ofsted

Inspectors visited the school and found that the leadership team have maintained the good quality of education since its previous inspection in 2015 - with the quality of teaching, attendance levels and educational outcomes all improving.

Headteacher Alberto Otero, well supported by senior leaders and governors, has been successful in driving forward a number of improvements, with the great majority of parents telling inspectors they would recommend Colton Hills to others.

GCSE outcomes improved sharply last year, with pupils making good progress in almost all subjects, and this improvement has been sustained in 2018. Progress at Key Stage 3 is also improving, as is pupil attendance.

Mr Otero has created "a clear ethos summarised by the school's motto, 'learn, grow and achieve together'", and staff share this vision. Inspectors say the school is "a harmonious, welcoming, multicultural community" and its pupils "respectful, courteous and polite". Pupils "value the support which their teachers provide" and are "proud of their school".

Inspectors found the governing body to be "very committed to the school", providing strong support and challenge to its leaders. Safeguarding is effective, with pupils telling inspectors they feel safe at school. The curriculum ensures that pupils understand how to keep themselves safe from a range of potential dangers, for instance when online.

Chair of Governors Duane Williams said: "At Colton Hills we care about our students and strive to ensure all of our students achieve and make good progress.

"Therefore, I am very pleased that the Ofsted report highlights that pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to their learning and the quality of teaching has raised student attainment and achievement.

"The report highlights a wide range of positive developments but there is still work to do and the headteacher, governors and staff are committed to driving further improvements to ensure children in our community have access to the very best educational opportunities."

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone on this positive report which demonstrates the improvements which are being made at Colton Hills Community School."

The short inspection on 25 September was the first since the school was judged to be Good in May 2015.

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  • released: Wednesday 31 October, 2018