A Coventry headteacher is
bowing out at the top after guiding his school to vast improvements.
Richard Carter will retire
from Ernesford Grange School and Community College at the end of the
month with glowing praise from government inspectors ringing in his
Mr Carter, who has worked in
Coventry for 31 years and became head of Ernesford Grange in 1989,
has been told by the Ofsted team that the school has made good
progress since its last inspection in 1996.
It was described as
"effective" and was praised for the high standards of
teaching throughout the school, the excellent provision for pupils
with special educational needs and the "thoughtful and
committed" leadership provided by Mr Carter and his team.
Chair of governors Mrs M
"We are very pleased
with the Ofsted report, especially with the quality of teaching and
learning which reflects the hard work of our dedicated teaching and
support staff. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of the
head, who we are sorry to lose."
Inspectors found that teaching
across all areas was a strength of the school: in 99 per cent of
lessons seen, teaching was satisfactory or better, and in 21 per cent
it was very good or excellent.
The teaching of pupils with
special educational needs was found to be "very good".
Pupilsí attitudes and values were found to be good, they are well
behaved and there is little bullying in the school.
Cllr George Duggins, cabinet
member (Education and Library Service) said:
"Well done to Dick and
his staff for getting such a good report. Itís a fitting tribute
to his hard work during his time as head of Ernesford Grange that
this good Ofsted report should mark his retirement. Good luck to him
and I hope he enjoys whatever he chooses to do next."
The school was praised for:
Good leadership that
provides a clear direction for the work of the school
A knowledgeable and
supportive governing body that knows that the school and the
Good teaching promotes
Excellent provision for
pupils with special educational needs
Good system for staff
development including very good induction arrangements for new
Very good provision of
Good systems for pupilsí
welfare and guidance
To improve, the school must:
Raise levels of attainment
at Key Stage 3 and 4
Continue to improve
Continue to develop
strategies to improve the literacy of pupils
Ensure that the National
Curriculum requirements are met in terms of information technology
at Key Stage 3 and 4
the provision for spiritual development is improved across all
areas of the curriculum