Stansted: Improving Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College targeting ‘outstanding’ rating after latest Ofsted inspection

MMCC headteacher Catherine Anderson and pupils celebrate the school's good Ofsted report

MMCC headteacher Catherine Anderson and pupils celebrate the school's good Ofsted report - Credit: Archant

AN Uttlesford school has gone from special measures to being rated as ‘good’ by Government inspectors – and is now targeting an ‘outstanding’ rating.

Ofsted visited Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College (MMCC) over two days in June.

Inspectors confirmed the “experiences a child has at MMCC are good” and recognised that the school has made significant strides in the past three years.

They noted that the headteacher Catherine Anderson and senior staff “have led a transformation of the school” and had “reversed the trend of previous poor performance by relentlessly checking that the standard of teaching and students’ learning remains high”.

“As a result, the school has improved rapidly,” they added before pointing out that “the journey can and will continue until the school is judged to be outstanding”.

Ms Anderson, who took over in September 2010, was delighted with the outcome.

She said: “All staff, students, parents, and carers are deservedly proud of their achievements and are ready to enter the next phase of the journey.

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“With the change in name to Forest Hall School in September, the scene is set for Stansted Mountfitchet to have a school which every parent or carer wants to send their child to.”

The school was in special measures until March 2011 and has improved by two grades in three years.

“It’s a team effort,” Ms Anderson added.

“If everyone is pulling in the right direction and understands what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, it will work much better – I think this report reflects the work put in. The people to really benefit are the students. They recognise what is going on here, and that they’re getting a good education and opportunities.

“It is not just about results, or getting five A* to C grades, but about their own journey and fulfilling their own potential. If we can enrich that experience for them along the way we’ll be doing everything we can to set up their future.

“This has set us up for the next stage. We’ve consolidated and improved and now need to add to it to go from good to outstanding.”