The innovative new Technical School in Broadstairs received a ‘Good’ grading following its recent inspection by Government education watchdog Ofsted in January.
The school – which teaches a vocational pathway alongside the standard range of GCSEs – received the grading in its first inspection since it opened in September 2015.
Good levels of confidence
Inspectors highlighted the school’s ability to benefit students’ confidence, saying that it gave them a good level of confidence and a renewed positive attitude to learning through the effective development of their personal, social and work-related skills. The report also highlighted the positive regard students held the school in, stating that ‘students feel the school is having a positive impact on their lives’.
The school provides the opportunity for 14 to 16-year-olds to study a minimum of nine GCSEs (or equivalent) alongside one of four technical qualifications. These GCSEs include core subjects like English, maths and the sciences.
This year the school is offering technical qualifications in Catering and Hospitality, Construction & Engineering, Creative Media Production and also Early Years, and Health and Social Care. It will be showing off all of these on its Open Day on Wednesday 8 March, as well as its state-of-the-art facilities.
A different way of learning
Deborah Stringer, who is a parent of a pupil at the school, said: “I decided to send my child to the Technical School as he wasn’t motivated at his last school. The Technical School is different because it pushes students to the best of their ability and brings out the best in them. The facilities are fantastic and the tutors are encouraging and positive, which has increased my son’s self-confidence.”
An innovative school
Principal of East Kent College – which runs the school – Graham Razey said: “This Ofsted grading is a fantastic result, and highlights just how well our new Technical School is doing since it opened. It’s delivering an innovative new option for 14-16 year olds, and gives them something they cannot get anywhere else in Thanet. I’m filled with pride that the school has achieved such a high grading, and am excited it’s doing so well.”