St Crispin's ecstatic at ‘outstanding’ Ofsted verdictBy Victoria Corbett
July 02, 2010
A headteacher is beaming with pride after hard work by staff, governors, parents and pupils led to the school being labelled ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
St Crispin’s School in London Road has received its best verdict since headteacher Alex Biddle took over 18 years ago.
The judgement means St Crispin’s is eligible to apply to be fast-tracked for academy status from September.
With just two years until his 20th anniversary of being at the school, Mr Biddle has no plans to stop working with the school community to build on its strengths.
The report was published this month following a two-day inspection in May.
It states: “The school’s motto ‘excellence for all’ is borne out in its determination to bring out the best in all students and develop their passion for learning.
“The school’s ethos, high expectations and ambition generate a culture of support and care which encourages all students to thrive.
“Parents are enthusiastic in their support of the school.”
Mr Biddle said: “Every time we have had an inspection we have done better than the one before.
“I am absolutely ecstatic.
“The journey the school has made has been quite phenomenal.
“It is a great school to work in and I am proud and delighted.
“The reason I get out of bed in the morning is because it is a real delight to work with the students.”
The academy scheme has been offered to all top state schools and means it would get more control over how it is run, including direct control of recruitment, curriculum and funds.
However, Mr Biddle said the governing body is happy with the school’s relationship with Wokingham Borough Council and there are no plans at present to go for academy status.
Mr Biddle said the change to an academy could mean the school gets more money, however he said St Crispin’s enjoys working with other schools to benefit education in the borough.
He said: “We are one school within Wokingham but we have a responsibility to some extent to provide all Wokingham children a better education.
“If there is anything we can do as a result of our achievement to support other schools then we would love to do it.”
Dr Steve Currow, chair of governors said: “The governors are proud of the school's outstanding achievement and pay tribute to Mr Biddle, the headteacher, for his visionary leadership which has motivated staff and students to achieve this result.”
Councillor Rob Stanton, executive member for children's services, said: “I would like to send my congratulations to everyone at St Crispin’s School for their outstanding Ofsted report – it is very impressive.
“This excellent report highlights everyone’s hard work and commitment to ensure there are high standards at the school and this is a real boost to the school community.”
The school was inspected against a new tougher inspection regime, which makes additional judgements.
There was praise for the pupils’ high attainment, good and inspirational teaching, the mutual respect and tolerance among staff and pupils, and excellent links with parents.