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Roman Hill's ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 11:33 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:27 05 July 2010

ROMAN Hill Middle School has been praised for its distinctive ethos for providing education in a recent Ofsted report.

Inspectors found the Lowestoft school, in Avondale Road, to be a good in all areas, giving particular recognition to headteacher Paul Herod for his vision and passion, as well as a strong management team.

ROMAN Hill Middle School has been praised for its distinctive ethos for providing education in a recent Ofsted report.

Inspectors found the Lowestoft school, in Avondale Road, to be a good in all areas, giving particular recognition to headteacher Paul Herod for his vision and passion, as well as a strong management team.

The school, which has a high number of children with learning disabilities and educational needs, was commended for the progress pupils make between years five and eight, where they become closer to the national average.

The report stated that an unusually large number of parents and carers contacted inspectors to tell of their overwhelming support and appreciation for Roman Hill.

The report continued: “Inspectors agree with parents and the school's self-evaluation that Roman Hill Middle is a good and improving school. The senior leadership team, teachers, support staff and governors with good support and guidance from the local authority have worked hard to improve the life skills and life chances of pupils.”

Many children begin their day at the school by attending the early morning breakfast club, encouraging social interaction between pupils and adults.

They also have an understanding of how to keep themselves safe and develop a healthy lifestyle and about how to work together and celebrate each other's different abilities and aptitudes.

Teachers were observed to hold some outstanding lessons where they used a variety of strategies to enable pupils to take an active responsibility for their learning.

The school was asked to raise the standards achieved by pupils to be at least broadly in line with national expectations in both key stage two and key stage three and to ensure that the quality of teaching in all lessons matches the good and outstanding practice seen in many lessons during the inspection.

They were also asked to make sure that sufficient time was given to all foundation subjects to ensure pupils receive more comprehensive coverage of curriculum requirements, particularly in key stage three and further improve attendance, by reducing the number of authorised absences.

The school has just had new playground equipment fitted by CPS Builders, to prepare for it becoming a primary school when the school reorganisation process kicks in.

“Against all this doom and gloom this is a really good time for this community”, said Mr Herod. “People are very supportive and appreciative of what we are doing within the school.”

The school is being treated to a day out in Southwold today to celebrate their hard work and the success of their Ofsted.

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