Sherburn High School, a comprehensive school located in Selby, North Yorkshire, achieved “good” in their latest Ofsted inspection which took place in April this year.
The school recently has engaged with the Secondary School Recruitment Project over the past 18 months to gain support with writing adverts which in turn aided them to recruit talented Maths teachers during 2016. This has ultimately helped them towards their Ofsted outcome of “Good” with comments on the report specifically about Maths teaching.
The report said “The local authority has provided effective support for the school since the last inspection. The headteacher has welcomed the opportunity to engage in a range of external reviews and has used the recommendations to inform the school’s next steps to further improvement.”
In relation to Maths teaching, the report contained many positive comments including:
“Pupils make very good progress in mathematics as a result of consistently strong teaching.”
“Teaching in mathematics is particularly strong because the school has been successful in retaining a team of specialist teachers who are keen to learn from each other.”
“Progress in mathematics in 2016 was particularly positive. Pupils made significantly better progress than other pupils nationally with similar starting points.”
Given that the school was rated as “Requires Improvement” in their previous inspection, this is a huge success story for everyone involved.