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Once, Twice... Four Times Outstanding! The Cotswold School has been judged ‘outstanding’ - for the fourth consecutive time - following an Ofsted inspection in March 2015. Mr Will Morgan, Principal, said ‘While the school’s last three consecutive Ofsted inspections were all ‘Outstanding’, this is our first as an Academy and it has been carried out under Ofsted’s new and even more rigorous inspection criteria. To receive ‘Outstanding’ across all categories is a truly fantastic achievement.’ The categories listed by Ofsted for which The Cotswold School received its ‘Outstanding’ ranking are: Leadership and Management, Behaviour and safety of pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils and Sixth Form Provision. When asked what the key is to achieving an ‘Outstanding’ ranking, Mr Morgan said: ‘Hard work, and dedication from an enormous team – one that is made up of talented staff, enthused, happy students, supportive parents and a superb Board of Governors. Together we have a single focus: that each individual student achieves. ‘The Ofsted inspection was particularly robust and inspectors spent long hours drilling down into student data, scrutinising teachers’ marking and lesson plans, examining our extra-curricular provision and extension programmes, assessing how individuals progress at The Cotswold School. ‘As a school we were so grateful to the parents who also felt moved to write to the Inspectors independently and to all those who took part in Ofsted’s Parent View survey. The Chief Inspector commented to me that she had seldom seen such praise from parents and carers. This sort of evidence cannot be staged for a two day inspection – it is a reflection of the sustained hard work and commitment of a fantastic team over many, many years.’ Ofsted’s ‘Outstanding’ rating for The Cotswold School backs up the large number of accolades already received by the school this academic year: The Daily Telegraph‘s league tables (August 2014) placed The Cotswold School at 21st in the country at A Level. 74

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“The Ofsted inspection was particularly robust and inspectors spent long hours drilling down into student data, scrutinising teachers’ marking and lesson plans, examining our extra-curricular provision and extension programmes, assessing how individuals progress at The Cotswold School.” The Sunday Times ranked The Cotswold School in the Top 20 Comprehensive Schools in England and Wales (November 2014) for both GCSE and A Level. In March 2015, The Cotswold School qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for high average grades achieved by students at GCSE. Mr Morgan concluded: ‘I am immensely proud. We all are. These accolades and the Ofsted inspection ranking, while giving us a chance to celebrate, also inspire us and spur us on. We will push on - aspiring to even greater achievements from all our wonderful young people, preparing them to meet and embrace all the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.’ Find out more about The Cotswold School at www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk

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