Sutherland Business and Enterprise College in Telford, Shropshire, a co-operative Trust school, is celebrating Ofsted success following an inspection at the start of November.
The report highlights the school’s significant improvement in attendance, behaviour and GCSE results, describing the school as ‘very inclusive in its philosophy’ and praising students’ awareness of global and cultural issues and understanding ofcommunities across the world.
The effect co-operative learning has had on the school is noted: “The co-operative learning structures enable students to take responsibility for their own learning through collaboration with others.”
The report judges the effectiveness of the school’s partnerships in promoting learning and well-being, which include links with Midcounties Co-operative, to be outstanding, stating: “There are many outstanding partnerships with local schools, co-operative partners and other agencies which have been extremely beneficial to students and helped improve attendance and behaviour.”
“Partnership working is outstanding because the school leads on a wide range of activities which benefit its students and provide them with opportunities and experiences which would otherwise not be available to them in such a small school. These partnerships make an excellent contribution to the school’s good and rapidly improving student outcomes. A range of extended services run in conjunction with a range of partners make this a school which is very much at the heart of its community.”
The inspector also praised the impact of the school’s specialism in business and enterprise: “Students have opportunities to work on enterprise projects and take part in thematic curriculum days, for example on ‘fair trade’.”