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Ofsted rates school ‘Good,’ praising strong leadership and sustained improvement - School also named in top 15% nationally for Progress 8

The school has double reason to celebrate, with the report coming just weeks after the publication of the school league tables, placing Carter in the top 15% of schools nationally for Progress 8. This is the government’s new measure, which records pupil progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

Following the January inspection, Ofsted inspectors have praised the strong leadership and clear vision of Principal Sam Davidson and her team, who were said to take “quick, effective action” in driving improvement. They also highlighted the school’s “culture of ambition and success” which is helping to raise aspirations, with Carter recording its best ever GCSE results as an academy last summer.

The school’s academy sponsor, United Learning, was commended in the report for the “expertise, advice and challenge” it provides, which is said to be helping the school “improve quickly”. Likewise, inspectors were impressed with governors, who are “working closely with school leaders, so that plans for future success are kept on track”.

In their report, inspectors commented:

“The ambition and high expectations shown by all school leaders, governors and the sponsor, ensure there is the capacity and drive for further improvements, so all pupils at Carter Community School may expect the best.”

Other key highlights of the report included:

  • Pupils take pride in their school and their own achievements."
  • The working atmosphere throughout the school is orderly and purposeful.
  • Teachers high expectations of pupils behaviour promotes good attitudes to learning.
  •  Parents and pupils see the regard for pupil welfare as a strength of the school.
  •  Teaching in English and art is a strength of the school. More consistent high quality teaching in mathematics, science, sports science, geography and French is helping current pupils to make better progress in these subjects.
  • Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of employment, education and training.

Commenting on the Ofsted report, Principal Sam Davidson said:

This is excellent news for everyone connected with the school and, in particular, students, parents, staff and governors whose continued support and dedication has played a key part in our ongoing improvement.

“Whilst we are fully aware there is still more to be done, we have been relentless over the past few years in setting high standards for our students and bringing our motto ‘Expect the Best’ to life in the classroom and beyond.

The benefits of this approach are clear from Ofsted’s report and from the GCSE improvements we have seen; we look forward to celebrating similar success with our current Year 11 cohort this summer.”

For further information about this press release, please contact Nigel Barber on 07590 806 143.



Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment. 

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