Meadowgate School has just received its third consecutive “outstanding” Ofsted report, so I was delighted to visit to thank staff for their hard work.
The new school building was completed in January 2013 at a cost of £7 million, with 70% of the building new and 30% refurbished.
During the visit there was a clear positive energy from staff and pupils alike which it was a pleasure to see.
The new facilities are host to innovative teaching, including partnership work with the local Co-op.
Keith Grass and his team at the Wisbech branch of the Co-op are doing a fantastic job hosting students, and working closely with the teaching staff to develop a range of new life skills. I hope other businesses in Fenland will look at this scheme and see what more they could do.
I was also hugely impressed by the high standards being achieved on the vocation courses, whether in the new Bramley’s coffee shop, stripping cars down in the Mechanics workshop, or planting up hanging baskets as part of the horticulture course.
There was a sense of fun and engagement when chatting to students and staff alike which is clearly reflected in the outstanding Ofsted reports.