A HEADTEACHER’S ‘uncompromising vision and high expectations’ have helped a school gain a ‘good’ rating from the education watchdog.

Having previously been rated a ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, The Clere School, in Burghclere, has now received a ‘good’ rating following a visit from inspectors last month.

During the visit on May 21 and 22, inspectors found ‘teachers strive to support pupils’ learning and challenge them to make strong progress.’

In the inspection report there was praise for headteacher Benjamin Bond and his team at the school for providing a high quality of learning, and encouraging pupils to have an input into the school.

The report read: “Current pupils are making good progress across year groups and in a range of subjects. In subjects such as English, where progress has not been strong in the past, leaders have taken action to ensure that current pupils are making better progress.

“The headteacher’s uncompromising vision and high expectations of what pupils can achieve in all aspects of their education have been at the heart of the school’s improvement.”

In a letter home to parents, Mr Bond said he was happy with the feedback from the inspectors, but believes there is still more that can be done.

Mr Bond wrote: “I have been continually striving to raise expectations of what we can achieve at The Clere School and this was recognised by the Inspection team.

“I would like to thank my colleagues, the pupils, the parents, the governors and the whole school community for their determination, commitment and dedication to our school in achieving this improvement.”

He added: “Whilst we want to celebrate this success, we intend to build upon this to make sure The Clere School provides the best all-round education.”