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Holte School is Outstanding

Ofsted praise for Birmingham school where 90% of kids speak English as second language by Kat Keogh, Birmingham Mail Oct 12 2012
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IT’S the Birmingham school where nine out of ten kids speak English as a second language.

Yet language is no barrier to success at the Holte School in Lozells, which has been named one of Birmingham’s best schools after getting a glowing Ofsted report.

The 1,150-pupil secondary school retained its ‘outstanding’ tag under tough new inspection rules after a visit by the Government watchdog two weeks ago.

Nearly 90 per cent of pupils speak a different language as their mother tongue – compared to the national average of just 12 per cent. The vast majority of children hail from Bengali, Pakistani or Somali backgrounds and there are just eight white pupils at the school.

Head teacher Pat Walters put the school’s success down to the hard work of staff, students, parents and governors.

She said: “We have a fantastic community here and are so proud to be outstanding. Lozells does get a bad press, so an Ofsted report like this goes a long way.

“We may be up there among some of the most deprived schools in the country, but our pupils love coming to school and value education.’’ She added: “The school has changed as Birmingham has changed. Read more


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