'Brilliant' Blackford school

HUGH Sexy Middle School is brilliant and the students know it. The Blackford school has been rated as outstanding in 24 of the areas assessed by inspectors and good in the remaining two.

HUGH Sexy Middle School is 'brilliant' and the students know it.

The Blackford school has been rated as 'outstanding' in 24 of the areas assessed by inspectors and 'good' in the remaining two.

In a letter to students, inspector Nick Green said: "You think the school is brilliant and I do too.

"The school's strong Christian values and the way it makes you feel like you are part of one big family have a positive impact on your personal development and well-being, which are outstanding. You clearly enjoy school very much, have a sense of belonging and feel especially safe."

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The report, released last week, refers to an Ofsted inspection carried out last month.

When asked to sum up the school in a short sentence, students used phrases such as 'brilliant', 'a happy school', 'great for learning', 'friendly and safe', 'cool' and 'one big family'.

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Headteacher David Cameron said: "The success of the school comes from team work. We often talk about Hugh Sexey working as a family and this has been endorsed by Ofsted. The result is a tribute to staff, students, parents and Governors who have worked closely together for many years."

The report also said that bullying and racist incidents were extremely rare and attitudes to learning are very positive. Behaviour in classrooms and around the school is exemplary.

The school's Focus Centre, which nurtures small groups of students with social and emotional needs, was also commended.

The school has 675 pupils aged from nine to 13 and is one of two secondary schools in the Cheddar Valley cluster. The catchment area includes Wedmore, Mark, East Brent, Lympsham, Weare and extends into North Somerset.

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