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Good Ofsted is just the start, says South Molton principal

PUBLISHED: 09:33 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 07 January 2016

A group of year seven pupils and principal Andrew Finney celebrate the school's Ofsted success

A group of year seven pupils and principal Andrew Finney celebrate the school's Ofsted success


South Molton Community College’s principal is ‘very pleased’ with the school’s latest Ofsted report, which has rated it ‘good’ in every area.

The report, circulated to parents this week, highlights a number of positive aspects including the quality of teaching and the polite and friendly nature of pupils.

Principal Andrew Finney was particularly pleased with that part of the report.

“This is a caring school where people and pupils are known as individuals, so for the assessors to pick up on that in the couple of days they were here is really nice,” he said.

Despite the ‘good’ report, which matches what the school achieved at their last inspection in 2012, Mr Finney is hoping to see more improvement in the future.

A £10.2million rebuild of the college building, which began last month and should be finished in early 2017, will play a big role.

“With the new build and the recognition of all the things we do well, everybody’s working together to make us as good as we can possibly be,” said Mr Finney.

“Every parent wants their child to attend a good school and we understand going forward that change is a process and not an event.

“The Ofsted picks up areas we want to achieve in our drive to be outstanding - we know we want to be better and if we focus on that the future looks very bright.”

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