AN ‘exceptional’ Colchester secondary school has been lauded in a top Ofsted report which sees it maintain its outstanding rating in its first report for 15 years.

Colchester County High School for Girls has been rated outstanding in all areas following the watchdog inspection over two days in November.

The five-person inspector team was full of praise for the school’s “exceptional behaved” pupils, “outstanding quality of education” and “culture of determination”.

The report reads: “Colchester County High School for Girls is an exceptional school.

“Pupils are part of a respectful, kind and hardworking community.

“They look out for one another irrespective of their year group.

“As a result, pupils feel safe in the school community and have a deep sense of loyalty towards the school.”

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Inspectors said the expectations of pupils are “extremely high” which creates a “culture of determination to succeed”.

Pupils were also praised for their “exceptional behaviour” and “intent focus” on their learning.

The report added how the quality of education provided by the school is “outstanding” and pupils are “exceptionally knowledgeable about their subjects”.

“As a result, the outcomes for pupils are some of the highest in the country,” it said.

The school was also lauded for its “ambitious” provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The report concluded with praise for the school leaders who “at all levels have maintained an exceptional level of education for pupils”.

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Executive principal and CEO of Alpha Trust, Gillian Marshall said: “Enormous thanks are owed to our students, many of whom spoke with the inspectors and who, as always, were our best possible ambassadors, embodying the aims and ethos of the school. 

“I would also like to thank our staff, parents and carers and our governors for their belief in the value of the broad, ambitious and innovative curriculum Colchester County High School for Girls provides and for their unrelenting support, which has always been key to the success of the school.

“While the report did not identify any areas of the school’s provision as needing improvement, we will never be complacent. 

“Our ongoing processes of reflection and self-evaluation will continue to support us in securing the best possible educational opportunities for our students.”