School’s ‘incredible’ Ofsted turnaround

Bicester Advertiser: Bicester Community College headteacher Tony Rushworth celebrate the news of their good Ofsted report Bicester Community College headteacher Tony Rushworth celebrate the news of their good Ofsted report

A SCHOOL that was in special measures 18 months ago has seen an “incredible” turnaround.

Bicester Community College has not only been taken out of special measures but ranked good by Ofsted inspectors in its latest report.

When it was put into special measures last February Oxfordshire County Council’s education boss Melinda Tilley described the report as the worst she had ever seen.

But the inspectors have now praised a “complete turnaround” in ethos and culture at the Queens Avenue school, saying pupils have made “rapid progress”.

Headteacher Tony Rushworth said it is the first time in at least 20 years the school is rated good.

He said: “This incredible turnaround reflects the way we have pulled together as a team and the positive can-do learning culture we have successfully created. Staff and student morale is really high and we now have a school that we are all proud to be a part of.”

But he has no plans to rest on his laurels and wants to take the school a step further.

Mr Rushworth, former deputy headteacher at Bicester’s Cooper School, said: “We are not content, though, with the second highest Ofsted rating. We want to build on this achievement and be recognised as ‘outstanding’ within two to three years.”

Bob Wintringham, chairman of the interim executive board, said the school was now “unrecognisable”.

Mrs Tilley, cabinet member for school improvement, said: “Ofsted has clearly recognised the improvements the school has made across the board, and staff, pupils and their families should take great credit and encouragement from this well-earned result.”

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5:33pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Severian says...

This is a fantastic result for Bicester parents, even if it took some time to sort out the mess at BCC. This has confirmed what many people knew for years - that it was the senior management at BCC who were holding the school back, not the kids.

At long last we have two secondary schools which are on a par with each other, and parents now shouldn't have to worry about which part of town they live in, or whether their child is in the right feeder primary school. And there should be no need to bus kids out to the "free" school any more.

I look forward to the day when Mr Rushworth gets BCC up to "Outstanding" which on the current rate of progress must be achievable.
This is a fantastic result for Bicester parents, even if it took some time to sort out the mess at BCC. This has confirmed what many people knew for years - that it was the senior management at BCC who were holding the school back, not the kids. At long last we have two secondary schools which are on a par with each other, and parents now shouldn't have to worry about which part of town they live in, or whether their child is in the right feeder primary school. And there should be no need to bus kids out to the "free" school any more. I look forward to the day when Mr Rushworth gets BCC up to "Outstanding" which on the current rate of progress must be achievable. Severian
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