OFSTED Inspectors praise Merton local school
The enormous changes and improvements at Merton’s Rutlish School were officially recognised by an OFSTED Inspection team which concluded that it “is a good school with some significant strengths” following their inspection in July.
When current Headteacher Karen Bastick-Styles took up the post two and a half years ago the school was in difficulties, but staff, students and their families are now celebrating the success of the Merton school.
The improvements were seen in all areas from standards of behaviour, which were described as “very good” to the quality of teaching and learning. The leadership and management of Rutlish is now described as “excellent, providing a clear vision and purpose for the school”.
The Inspectors spent a week at the school in July of this year and spoke to students throughout the week. The boys impressed the Inspectors with their attitudes and the report stated that: “students enjoy school and demonstrate enthusiasm and very high levels of interest in their work. They are proud of their school and keen to share their achievements with others”.
As examination results begin to rise the role played by the teachers was praised. The Key Stage three results this year show at least a ten per cent increase in the number of students achieving level five or higher in English, Maths and Science.
Headteacher, Karen Bastick-Styles said; “We are delighted by the report, it confirms the progress we felt we have made over the past couple of years. It’s brilliant to get public recognition for our achievements and Rutlish will continue to go from strength to strength.”
She continued; “Alongside the academic achievements I am particularly thrilled by the comments, which indicate the change in ethos which had occurred at Rutlish; it is a very positive place to be, relationships are good and there is an enormous amount of respect amongst our school community, I am incredibly proud of Rutlish.”
Councillor Karl Carter, Cabinet Member for Secondary Education and Lifelong Learning said; “Rutlish School’s staff and students have every right to be proud of their joint achievements. I am delighted by the positive findings of the report and the improvements that Rutlish School has made. It is an example of the high quality of schools in the Borough.”
For further information on Rutlish School please contact Karen Bastick-Styles on 020 8542 1212