OFSTED are Her Majesty’s inspectorate of schools, they regularly inspect every school and only give schools a half day of notice before they arrive. This gives them an honest look at the school and its effectiveness. We were visited on 28th and 29th January 2020 and I am delighted to share their findings with you in the report which can be downloaded on the link above.
In summary the report emphatically confirms that we are a really good school. The new inspection framework is quite rightly focused on the quality of education for the students and the report recognises the professional investment the school has made to develop a curriculum that provides carefully selected knowledge and skills crafted in to a sequence of learning to deliver long term gains for young people. We have been focused on this aspect of our development for several years and we are really proud that the impact of this work came across so clearly through every aspect of the inspection. They also commented about other strengths of the school such and its safeguarding procedures, support for students and the tolerant and accepting attitudes that students demonstrate as members of our school community. It also recognises the high expectations for behaviour in the classroom and the effective response of the school to bullying. Finally the strong provision and outcomes of the Sixth Form are also mentioned.
There is no complacency in our work and we also recognise the areas Ofsted mention where we could improve further. We have already begun refining our plans and developing the synergies between subject that could make students' learning even more effective.
I am very grateful to our young people who really stepped up during the inspection and spoke about their learning with such confidence and understanding. They showed why they are proud of our school and why we are so proud of them.