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Ofsted inspectors have praised the improvement journey of Poltair School over the last three years in a recent inspection in what they describe as a 'strongly improving profile'. Many features of the school's provision were acknowledged as 'good' including the curriculum, the behaviour and attendance of pupils and the care, support and guidance they receive.
Stephen Tong, Headteacher, explained: 'We are pleased with the report because it validates the school's own self-evaluation, identifying key positive features of the school and, more importantly, areas where we have made a marked improvement. It is good that the inspection team credited and acknowledged that pupil outcomes in terms of standards and achievements have improved in each of the last three years, setting new school records on each occasion.'
The report identifies that Poltair School is a happy and safe environment where pupils enjoy their learning. Among the school's strengths noted by inspectors were 'the level of teachers' subject knowledge, positive relationships and the effective way that students are encouraged to reflect on their learning.'
The school's leadership was reported as 'open, thoughtful and demonstrating a clear vision' and the learning community as a whole as 'very warm and welcoming'. Inspectors were especially impressed by 'the harmonious way that students from different backgrounds work together.' Parents overwhelmingly supported the school with a much higher proportion than the average returning the Ofsted questionnaires. Inspectors commented that 'Parents feel strongly that their children enjoy school, are safe and cared for, teaching is good and that their children are well-prepared for the future.'