Our last OFSTED inspection was carried out in January 2018. This was a one-day Section 8 inspection and was our first visit since November 2013. The headline is that we remain a good school with outstanding features.
We are very pleased with the report - the inspection team recognised the improvements that we continue to make in all aspects of education for our young people. We are particularly proud of the acknowledgement it makes of how well leaders know the school and our children.
These comments appear in the report:
‘Your confident, caring and outward-looking leadership and your aspirational expectations for pupils are understood, shared and valued by pupils, parents and staff alike. Consequently, a large number of them responded to Ofsted’s questionnaires at the time of inspection. The overwhelming majority were positive about the school… Accordingly, the school is highly regarded by the community and routinely receives more applications for places than are available…’
‘You know the school very well, so your self-evaluation…is precise and accurate. Your plans to address the few areas that need to improve are appropriate and understood by all…school leaders are aspirational and forward looking. Consequently, you are consistently improving the standard of education provided, including through investment in high specification facilities…you have recently provided a ‘state of the art’ 3G sports pitch and are part way through a building programme which will ensure pupils are taught in a high quality and carefully designed environment.’
‘…since your last inspection you have built upon the school’s strengths and led improvement in its few areas of weakness…’
‘…Inspectors noted the positive relationships between staff and pupils. Staff, including senior leaders, routinely speak with and listen to pupils. Consequently, pupils are courteous and confident. They behave well typically…’
In essence: we know our young people, we know our strengths and we know where we need to improve still further.
In Caritas et Veritas,
MR M W Holland, Headteacher