Vandals wreck Welwyn Garden City school

PUBLISHED: 13:09 24 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

School pupils with headteacher Ricci Achillini

School pupils with headteacher Ricci Achillini

YOBS vandalised a school, just days after it had received an 'exceptional' Ofsted report. Doors and windows at Commonswood School in WGC were smashed by stone-throwing vandals. The hooligans also threw picnic tables into the pond within the grounds of the

YOBS vandalised a school, just days after it had received an "exceptional" Ofsted report.

Doors and windows at Commonswood School in WGC were smashed by stone-throwing vandals.

The hooligans also threw picnic tables into the pond within the grounds of the school, in The Commons.

Headteacher Ricci Achillini said the pond area was highly popular with pupils, as it was where they grew food and learn about their surroundings.

He said: "It's a very sad and pretty rare incident.

"The vandalism is a big shame. We have worked very hard here at the school and everyone from the staff to the students should be congratulated."

The Ofsted report itself was Commonswood's first for five years, and it proved very positive reading.

Many aspects of school life were identified as "exceptional" including the quality of teaching, children's behaviour and positive attitudes to learning.

Mr Achillini added: "Even though the school was exceptionally busy with preparations for Christmas shows alongside our usual pattern of teaching, we were able us to present the school very positively.

"The school as ever looked absolutely stunning; with our displays celebrating children's work and achievements, augmented by lovely Christmas decorations and a great sense of festivity.

"I am delighted the report painted such a strong picture of our school.

"In the view of the inspection team, Commonswood is a good school with many outstanding features, which continues to improve.

"I feel certain all those connected with the school, are proud to receive such a glowing commendation."

If you have information on the vandalism, call police on 0845 33 00 222.

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