One of York’s biggest schools is also one of its best.
Fulford School is celebrating being graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.
Headteacher Steve Lewis said: “Schools are complex social structures and whilst any inspection is a snap shot in time, it is particularly pleasing that inspectors were able to clearly identify the positive culture and moral purpose of our school.
“Our core values are fundamental to all we do at Fulford. Over the years we have been determined to ensure our pupils benefit from an aspirational, academic curriculum and at the same time provide a fully inclusive learning environment, where all are treated as individuals and supported to be the best versions of themselves.”
The inspection said that “pupils thrive here” and are “valued as individuals” and that Fulford students are “aiming for academic excellence”.
It also said they were “motivated and respectful” and “pupils across the school, including those with SEND, achieve exceptionally well”.
“We are tremendously proud of our pupils who ‘treat each other with maturity and respect’ and our dedicated and hardworking staff who ‘know pupils well’ delivering ‘a curriculum that is aspirational for all pupils and engages them with learning beyond examinations’,” Mr Lewis said.
Mr Lewis thanked parents and carers for the support given to pupils and the school.
Department for Education performance tables published just before half term show the impact of the work of the school in terms of achievement and progress. For both, Fulford School performs amongst the very best state comprehensive schools in the country.
He added: “We understand the highest quality of education goes beyond the academic and we expect our pupils to leave school with moral purpose and the desire to be the change they wish to see in the world.”