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Top marks: Archway School celebrates Ofsted success

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Students and staff at Archway School are jumping for joy after receiving top marks following an Ofsted inspection.

The school are toasting a ‘good’ rating after showing rapid improvement from the previous inspection in 2018. 

The school recently received a full Ofsted inspection which is a rigorous two-day process involving a team of four inspectors.

Kieron Smith 2 | Top marks: Archway School celebrates Ofsted success
Kieron Smith, Headteacher at Archway School, Stroud. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Kieron Smith, who has been headteacher since September 2020,  said: “As the only 11-18 comprehensive school in Stroud, we are extremely pleased that the team recognised the considerable effort that the entire school community has invested and how the leadership team has guided the school’s development. Stroud should be proud to have a genuine choice of quality schools in the town. I was particularly impressed with how the inspection team provided our students with the opportunity to describe their experiences of Archway School.”

The judgement supports the hard work and dedication that the whole staff have put in to the school, particularly through the disruption brought on by Covid. Chair of Governors, Stewart King, added: “Our headteacher, Kieron Smith and his team have worked tirelessly to raise expectations within the school and the local community. The last couple of years have been particularly challenging with the COVID pandemic but pupils, parents and teachers have all pulled together to ensure our children receive the best possible education.

Kieron Smith 3 | Top marks: Archway School celebrates Ofsted success
Kieron Smith, Headteacher at Archway School, Stroud. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“Archway is proud to be part of the Stroud community and to be able to offer an excellent education  for any child and their family in the local area.”

The judgement means that the school will not receive another inspection for four years.

Archway School is a co-ed comprehensive school and is currently celebrating 60 years of providing education for Stroud and the surrounding areas.

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