School is right on target
A school’s PE department has been classed as outstanding by inspectors with above average grades, high quality teaching and a well-balanced curriculum.
The department at Toot Hill School, Bingham, was inspected in October.
Ofsted inspectors found that at GCSE level, 88% of pupils gained an A*-C grade, 44% of which gain an A* or A grade, and 85% of students in year nine reached level five or more.
Both these figures are above the national average for PE.
BTEC students in PE also have a 100% pass rate, 40% of which gain distinctions.
But the inspector found that students do less well in theoretical parts of external exams.
The inspection report said: “Students enjoy the expertise of 13 specialist PE teachers, whose planning is exemplary, and who skilfully facilitate the development of students knowledge, skills, and understanding of PE.”
Lessons viewed by the inspector were enjoyed by pupils and were carried out in ideal learning environments, with appropriate technology, leading exceptional progress by students.
The inspector also found the monitoring of students’ progress was excellent.
Under-performing students were quickly identified and given support to get back on track.
Each student at the school is entitled to three hours of PE a week, which is above average, and are grouped by ability.
The report said: “An impressive array of extra-curricular provision is also offered to students, including non-traditional activities such as archery, rowing and skiing.”
Also available to students is a dance academy and there will soon be a sports academy to help improve students abilities.
“There is a strong emphasis upon maintaining high standards and equality of opportunity,” said the report.
“Despite the success already achieved, leaders have not become complacent, and regularly re-examine current practice to identify areas of improvement,” said the report.
The inspector also found that the school liaises well with feeder primary schools to smooth the transition between primary and secondary school for pupils.
Lottery funding has also helped to set up a Happy Hour Club run by year 12 pupils and aimed at year six pupils due to start at Toot Hill so that they feel included.
The school was advised to improve in two areas — to continue to improve achievement in the theory part of GCSE PE and to use PE to develop the connections between other subjects such as English, science and mathematics.
The school’s head, Mr John Tomasevic, said: “Great credit must go to all the staff in the PE department for their high levels of professional dedication which have secured this judgement and to the pupils whose behaviour and enthusiasm so impressed the inspector.”