AN OSWALDTWISTLE high school chalked up top marks in its latest Ofsted report.
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School on Haworth Street received an overall mark of “good” for its achievement levels and strong community links.
The report said: “Rhyddings provides its students with a good education which includes a number of outstanding features. The school’s success is grounded in its strong ethos and values.”
Inspectors gave the school “good” marks in most areas with an “outstanding” mark in the category of personal development and well-being of the pupils.
The report said: “This reflects the excellent arrangements for care, guidance and support. As a result of the strong emphasis on students’ social skills, they develop into confident and mature individuals.”
However, inspectors highlighted a need for improvement in standards of Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils at Key Stage 3.
The report said: “While there was some improvement in 2008, notably in English, progress at Key Stage 3 is slower than at Key Stage 4.”
With strategies already in place to address this, the school is confident of further improvement.
Headteacher Paul Trickett said: “Everyone at the school is very proud of the results of this inspection.
“This report gives an accurate account of the continued success and achievement at the school brought about by the hard work and dedication of all the students and staff and the support of parents and governors.
“We are confident that we will see even greater achievement from our students in the coming months and years as we work towards becoming a fully outstanding school.”
Inspectors visited the school at the end of January. Following an inspection in 2005, the school was ranked one of the fifth most improved schools in the country.