Education chiefs have congratulated staff and students at Colton Hills Community School after a successful Ofsted inspection saw it rated good.

Colton Hills had previously been found to be requiring improvement by inspectors, but after a visit last month they have highlighted a wide range of positive developments which have taken place under the stewardship of headteacher Alberto Otero.

In their report, they said action taken by governors and school leaders had improved the quality of teaching and raised students' achievement", while the school had been successful in improving the standard of students' literacy and encouraging a love of reading.

They found that pupils demonstrated positive attitudes to their learning, showed respect for each other and had pride in their school, and that students were making good progress in English, mathematics and science.

Overall they rated leadership and management, the behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form provision as all being good.

Alberto Otero, who joined the school in September 2013, said: "I'm very proud of the efforts of the whole team at Colton Hills, including our hard working staff and pupils, who have helped us achieve this good result.

"As well as highlighting the areas where we are performing well, the inspectors have also provided some useful guidance to the additional work we now need to do in order to meet our aspirations of eventually being recognised as an outstanding school."

Councillor Claire Darke, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "The headteacher and his team at Colton Hills have worked hard to achieve this very positive report from Ofsted, which reflects well on everyone at the school.

"Alberto Otero took over the school when it required improvement, and in the shortest possible time has transformed its fortunes.

"I'd like to congratulate staff, governors, pupils and parents on their fantastic achievements, and am confident that the leadership team will drive through further improvements over the coming months and years."

She added: "We are determined to improve educational attainment levels in Wolverhampton, and Colton Hills is one of a number of schools in the city to have recorded improved inspection results in recent months, which is great news for our young people."

The inspection report, published on Friday (12 June, 2015) is available via the Type=links;Linkid=6177;Title=Ofsted;Target=_blank; website.

  • released: Wednesday 17 June, 2015