Celebrations as school marks a huge turnaround

MHDE-14-06-11 ACADEMY JUN30 (1)'Headteacher Bob Clayton, Campion School, Bugbrooke.
MHDE-14-06-11 ACADEMY JUN30 (1)'Headteacher Bob Clayton, Campion School, Bugbrooke.

A VILLAGE school is celebrating after a rapid turnaround in its fortunes following the latest Ofsted report.

Campion School in Bugbrooke was given a notice to improve back in 2008 but the latest report released last month has judged the school to be ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’.

Headteacher Bob Clayton said: “We wanted there to be very high quality in the senior management and instill into the students and the staff to be aspirational and achieve the sort of results that the school deserved.”

The changes saw the curriculum brought up to date and made more relevant, allowing pupils to pick subjects earlier and allowing them to take their GCSEs earlier.

Mr Clayton added: “I am very proud of all of the staff and students for this result because I think it is a testament to how hard they have all worked since that inspection back in 2008.

“I was lucky enough to be allowed in to see some of the inspectors and they said they had not been in a school where so many of the lessons are outstanding.

“We were told by the inspectors we were very close to outstanding which we are very pleased about.”

The ambition for the school will not stop there with new plans already in place.

Mr Clayton added: “We will be looking to be recognised as outstanding in the future.”

The report praised the headteacher for his ‘strong leadership as well as his relentless focus on driving improvement.’