Date: 11/12/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
The Rochester Grammar School is an outstanding school where students are happy and enjoy the rich education they receive, according to their latest Ofsted report. The school is the hub for many of Kent’s musical activities and the inspector was treated to some wonderful examples from the students. Students are far above the national averages because all students make excellent progress in all years. In 2006 the school entered year 8 girls for the National Curriculum tests that are normally taken by students at the end of year 9,which signifies the outstanding level of attainment at the school. The students cope well with the learning ideas that the school introduces, such as Habits of Excellence, and appreciate that the school responds to their views. It is obvious that the students feel strongly about what food they eat and as a result the student council has worked with the school to ensure the canteen offers a range of healthy menus. The stimulating curriculum matches students’ abilities, interests and aspirations. The school also offers activities for highly gifted and talented students which are well considered and stimulating. The outstanding standards are continued in the sixth form. Over 90 per cent of students go on to higher education and many gain places at universities. It is clear that this school is outstanding thanks to the headteacher’s exceptional leadership, which is reflected in the strength of the senior leaders, the curriculum leaders and the support staff. The headteacher, Denise Shepherd, said: “Fundamental to our success is our belief that we can, at RGS, raise the aspirations of all of our students, through inspiring them in their learning. The staff and students deserve this praise for their commitment and effort. We know that students will leave RGS with their lives transformed by exceptional personal progress and outstanding personal achievements.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “Congratulations to The Rochester Grammar School. It is an outstanding school and I am pleased to see that their Ofsted report reflects this. The students are all very happy and have created a community where everyone feels safe.” Medway Council’s Director of Children Services Rose Collinson said: “This outstanding report reflects the fantastic efforts put in by all the members of the school community. Denise and her team has created a school where students are supported to be the best learners they can be, they are happy and safe, and with a bright future. Congratulation to everyone at The Rochester Grammar School for Girls.” You are invited to send a photographer and/or reporter to the school at Maidstone Road, Rochester, on Tuesday, 16 December from 10am to 10.30am to meet the pupils and staff at work. There are 1073 pupils aged 11 to 18 years old.