Ofsted Inspection March 2018
The outcome of the inspection is that Ofsted has judged our school to Require Improvement but confirmed the school and Trust’s priorities and our current approach to improving these areas. Of course, Ofsted had to take older data for 2016 and 2017 into account. They also built evidence from learning walks, student interviews, meetings with Senior staff and Middle Leaders, discussions with CSET CEO and our Chair of Governors, as well as looking at books.
The findings are absolutely in line with our own view of the school’s progress. We were visited by the DfE in January and commissioned two separate reviews in February and March, which highlighted broadly the same strengths and areas of development. Overall, there is a recognition that the conditions for learning are better now. The ethos changes from 2016 have given the school a better look and feel. They also point out real strengths in humanities and languages and acknowledge our work on improving behaviour systems, the curriculum and attendance. We also recognise that parents and students can feel quite differently about some aspects of school life. Please see the latest parent bulletin on the school website - if you would like to raise any issues, please get in touch.
Inspectors have recognised that the school is improving but have asked that we accelerate the pace of change, especially to improve teaching. They say that school leaders are honest and open about articulating what the school’s priorities are. We know that the quality of what is happening in every classroom is our priority moving forward to ensure progress for all, particularly feedback, and that work is even more closely tailored to student needs. Our own tracking of the progress of current students indicates improving progress across all year groups and ability ranges. Inspectors also saw a school culture which they describe as welcoming, tolerant and caring, which is lovely to read.
The report is a really clear indication of where we need to focus our work to give all of our students the best possible education.