It has been a long journey to success from special measures for one Birmingham school. How has it done it, and can others do the same?
There is a palpable excitement at Park View business and enterprise school. The school’s new Ofsted report has just been published and so it’s official – the inner-city Birmingham secondary is the first “outstanding” school of 2012 and the first to receive the inspectors’ highest accolade under its new inspection framework. The previous 27 judgments have been cut down to just four main key areas – achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management - to simplify the process and make it easier for schools to keep track of progress.