Jul 14 2011 By James Cracknell
Ruislip High School head teacher John Goulborn
RUISLIP High School has received its second 'outstanding' Ofsted inspection, just in time for the retirement of its headteacher.
The Sidmouth Drive school is five years' old this September and John Goulborn has been there from the start, helping to establish it.
Swiftly after the publication of a second glowing report from the government's education watchdog, Mr Goulborn said he was happy to go out on a high.
He told the Gazette: "I was appointed as head in 2005 and worked for a year before the school opened to help set it up. I have reached retirement age now and I had always planned to go at the end of this year. I will be very sad to leave but very proud of what the students and staff have achieved.
"The secret to our success has been knowing the students well and treating them as individuals and meeting their needs. We are a school which cares and that is something I have tried to establish since we opened in 2006. I am pleased Ofsted recognised that.
"The attendance here is absolutely outstanding. We rarely have pupils off for a long time because they genuinely enjoy going to school. It is like a big family."
Mr Goulborn's retirement is good timing since the very first pupils admitted to the school in 2006 have recently completed their GCSEs.
Next term, many of them will become the school's first sixth-form entrants. Smaller than average, Ofsted said the school had benefited from close relationships between teachers and pupils.
Inspector Gill Close wrote in her report: "Its exceptionally well personalised care ensures that students' development of personal qualities is excellent and their achievement is outstanding.
"Staff know all students extremely well, monitor their attainment very closely and provide customised support for anyone who is falling behind. Students very much enjoy school, say that it feels like a big family and get on with each other exceptionally well."
In its first five years, Ruislip High has also enjoyed its fame as the filming location for the hit Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners. A film based on the TV show will be released in August.
Councillor Douglas Mills (Con, Manor) is chairman of the school's governing body and fought hard to persuade Hillingdon Council to build the school.
He said: "To achieve another outstanding assessment justifies the effort we made in establishing Ruislip High and in determining that its intake should increase to 180 from September 2012."