Inspectors praise school

AN ALFORD school is celebrating after receiving another ‘outstanding’ rating during its latest Ofsted inspection.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar was inspected last week and was awarded the top grade in all categories including; achievement, teaching, curriculum and leadership and management.

The inspector highlighted the exceptional range of business-related subjects in the curriculum with a sustained high record of success in the selective academy’s business education.

The inspection found that the school’s Y7 course is unique and creative and leads to all students having an excellent understanding of business concepts and issues from a young age.

All pupils at the school sit GCSE early, in Year 10, and there is also the opportunity to take Accounting AS early, in Year 11.

In the sixth form there is the opportunity for students to take Economics, traditional Business Studies or Applied courses, with an interesting range of business links.

Enterprise skills are encouraged and developed throughout the school and pupils can set up their own businesses in school, selling their chosen products at breaks and lunchtimes and (hopefully) making a profit, which is shared between the young entrepreneurs and school funds.

Angie Francis, headteacher who teaches Business Studies to all Year 7 pupils and at GCSE, said: “The inspection provided us with an opportunity to celebrate our many strengths in this area and once again the students and staff impressed.

“The Business Studies department is strong and is extremely well led by Mr Nick Jaines.”

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