Oswestry's Marches School gets another 'good' Ofsted rating

By Jonny Drury | Oswestry | Education | Published:

The county's largest secondary school has maintained its good rating following a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors.

The Marches has more than 1,200 students

The Marches School received a good rating following their last inspection in January 2014, and since then there has been a number of personnel changes including that of associate headteacher Alison Pearson.

The new report, which comes after a short inspection last month, highlights "leadership responsibilities and lines of accountability are clear", and that the sixth form provision is now well-established.

Mrs Pearson said: “As a school, we are extremely happy with the result of the recent Ofsted Inspection.

"The improvements we have made as a school are testament to the hard work and determination of staff, pupils and parents.

"The support of our wider community helps the school to flourish and grow. We will continue striving to give our young people an excellent education and platform for adult life."

The school on Morda Road caters for more than 1,200 pupils between 11 and 18.

It is part of the Marches Academy Trust, a multi-academy sponsor which also includes Sir John Talbot School in Whitchurch, and Tilstock Church of England Primary School and Nursery.

The latest inspection has also found a number of strong improvements across the school, and the report states the level of ambition that leaders and governors have for the pupils is "excellently displayed with the whole school ethos of ‘achievement through caring’."


The report also says that the school in general has a positive, calm and orderly atmosphere during lessons and pupils are safe and well looked after.

Sarah Longville, CEO of the Marches Academy Trust added: “The Marches Academy Trust is continuing to build a strong reputation for providing a high quality of education across north Shropshire for young people.

"We believe in a holistic curriculum to ensure that our young people thrive and are successful in life.

"The trust will carry on investing in our community, through national education conferences organised and hosted by the trust, to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of education developments so that we continue to make progress."

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.


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