Top marks are celebrated after Ofsted inspection

Midhurst Rother College students celebrating their best ever results last summer
Midhurst Rother College students celebrating their best ever results last summer

A FORMER special measures school has undergone a ‘radical’ improvement, soaring from zero to hero after achieving an outstanding Ofsted report.

Midhurst Rother College has visibly blossomed – not only under the sponsorship by the United Learning Trust and the ‘unity of purpose’ demonstrated by its leadership – but also by the £31m funding boost for the brand new school buildings.

The academy, which achieved a satisfactory inspection in 2009 has shown its mettle by achieving outstanding in every category.

Dr Joe Vitagliano, head teacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted about the news.

“We had to put together a school which would replace its predecessor. We were working in a very different way and began by reorganising to improve the outcomes for students.

“We recognised that if we stop at exam results, our school won’t develop.

“Whether we are an academy or not we would still have good results.

“The key message is that this is not a time for being complacent. We need to be an exceptional school to be recognised at a national level.”

Ofsted inspectors praised the college’s ‘culture of improvement’ which is based on ‘rigorous self-evaluation and improvement plans’.

“It was nice that before we received the Ofsted inspection, Lord Nash and Lord Adonis both visited the school and both acknowledged something special was happening here,” said Dr Vitagliano.

“This is the platform for the next push.

“We are strong on our sports, music and creativity.

“The school now really shines through its extra-curricular activities.”

Dr Vitagliano said the school’s ‘radical improvement’ over the last few years has ‘come out of a collective desire to devote time to the school’.

“We have worked hard,” he said.

He praised the quality of teaching and the ‘excellent’ pastoral care offered throughout the college which was also noted in 
the report.

The report states: “There is a high degree of collaboration between staff, and a culture in which each student is an individual, is at the heart of everything the college does.”

Inspectors described students’ behaviour as ‘exemplary’ and noted teachers’ ‘exceptionally good’ subject knowledge.

Andy Buck, managing director for academies at United Learning, said: “This is appropriate recognition for the excellent work of Dr Joe Vitagliano, colleagues and students at the college.

“They deserve all the plaudits Ofsted has given.”