Inspectors’ ‘outstanding’ praise for school

IT was the perfect Christmas present to mark the end of a busy term for staff and pupils at King James’s School in Knaresborough last week when the Ofsted report was received for the 1,800 pupil school.

The comprehensive school was visited by the schools inspection watchdog on December 1 and 2, an educational body which visits schools every five years and grades them against 28 separate criteria.

King James’s School was delighted with the outcome which judged the school to be at least good in all areas with 11 areas rated as ‘outstanding.’ Amongst the outstanding judgements were grades for ‘care, support and guidance’ and for ‘behaviour’ and exam achievement.

Headteacher Carl Sugden said: “Ofsted has got tougher since 2006 so to have 11 ‘outstanding’ judgements and none less than ‘good’ is a fine tribute to our pupils, staff and the community.”

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