Great news: We’re GOOD!
The OFSTED Inspection Report, as a result of their visit last term, gives us back our GOOD grade. This is a very positive reflection of an enormous amount of hard work by staff and students over the last eighteen months. We are so pleased that so many of the areas we’ve worked on are particularly praised, such as English.
We have ‘successfully improved students’ achievement:’ as you know our 2014 exam results were the best ever and well above the national average. ‘Progress across the school is good. Most able students gain good grades and those with special educational needs also make good progress.’ The summary is as follows:
Since the previous inspection, leaders, managers and the governing body have successfully improved the quality of teaching and students’ achievement.
The achievement of students has risen particularly well in English, sharply contributing to the good level of achievement across the school.
Much of the teaching is good. Teachers use questioning skilfully to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of what they are studying.
Students are strong advocates of the school. Students take up many leadership opportunities and make significant contributions within the school. They are very active in raising money for charities.
Students’ behaviour in and around the school is good. They feel safe. Students are very polite and courteous to one another and toward staff and visitors.
The curriculum is wide in scope in a manner that enriches the lives of the students and strengthens their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Much is made of the high number of students who take on leadership opportunities and also how well they are prepared for option choices, post 16 and the world of work.
Teaching is good, with teachers praised for ‘creating a good atmosphere for learning, high expectations and the skilful use of questioning.’
The full report is on our website. Hard copies are available on request from the school. The report will be posted on the OFSTED website on 12/1/15.
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BBC School News Report Day - Thursday 19th March 2015
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