EARL Mortimer College is a school where children develop a positive mindset and are happy to attend, an Ofsted report has found.

The Leominster school has been rated Good for quality of education, behaviour of students, personal development and leadership for the third time in a row.

Headteacher Alison Banner said the good judgement was pleasing against a "very challenging backdrop".

Inspectors found staff personalised lessons around students' interests and aspirations using a range of innovative techniques to help learn and understand new knowledge.


There was an atmosphere of friendliness and mutual respect where bullying was rare at the school, which has 509 pupils aged between 11 and 18.

But to improve, leaders should ensure that there is consistency in the quality of curriculum implementation across all subjects so that pupils can enjoy their learning and achieve success.

Inspectors also said that sometimes, staff were not consistent in their application of the school’s behaviour policy in lessons and during social times.


Alison Banner, head of Earl Mortimer College

Alison Banner, head of Earl Mortimer College


Headteacher Alison Banner said: “We have continued to make significant improvement against a very challenging backdrop of a global pandemic and school closures.

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“As inspectors rightly point out, this is a school that is highly ambitious and aspirational for its students. Their praise for the dedication and expertise of our staff is completely justified.

“We are pleased with how far the school has come academically in recent year with inspectors noting the good progress of students and improved outcomes.

“We are happy the school has been judged Good in all areas but we are not resting on our laurels. Our ambition is always to improve and provide the very best life chances for our students.”


Inspectors did however praise the school’s wide range of extra-curricular opportunities which helps youngsters grow in confidence and independence.

They described personal development of pupils as a “particular strength”, praising the school's house system and Skills for Life programme.

They also praised how leaders helped staff development.