Summary extract version, taken from the official Ofsted report.
What Ofsted says about our Students…
- The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils move calmly and purposefully around the building.
- Pupils are proud to be members of the school and wear their uniform smartly.
- The vast majority of pupils behave well during breaks and lesson times and enjoy their time together.
- Pupils are tolerant of others and respectful of those who may look and act differently from themselves.
- Pupils are compliant and rule obeying. Almost all pupils have good attitudes to learning and try their
- Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment; high proportions of pupils move to higher-level courses.
- Pupils are clear about the school’s expectations and how incidents will be treated.
- Pupils have learned how to keep themselves safe online and when using social media.
- Pupils’ social skills are well developed and they explore a range of personal and ethical issues through curriculum.
- Pupils appreciate that staff are sensitive to any of their concerns and know that staff will spend time to resolve problems, however large or small.
- Pupils talked maturely to inspectors and were well informed about their rights and responsibilities and how to keep themselves safe.
- Pupils have positive views about the values in other faiths and cultures.
What Ofsted says about our Staff…
- Relationships between teachers and pupils are positive and respectful, and the great majority of pupils want to learn.
- Staff ensure that pupils have every opportunity to become their best selves.
- Teachers have a good knowledge of their subjects and are committed to doing their best for their pupils.
- There is a strong appetite from all staff to accelerate pupils’ progress.
- Staff are well trained and highly skilled, they act wisely to keep all pupils safe. Leaders in the school work ably with other services to provide quality support for all pupils.
- Teaching assistants provide helpful support and additional guidance to pupils so they are able to improve their understanding in lessons.
- Staff supervision is well organised, and there is always an adult to help to solve any problems quickly and calmly.
- Over the last year, strong leadership appointments have injected a sense of order and improved curriculum organisation.
- Staff feel well supported and are overwhelmingly positive about working at the school. There is a renewed confidence in leadership.
- Newly appointed staff from other establishments bring good skills and passion to teaching and learning within their subjects.
- Teachers are skilled in promoting diversity, challenging stereotypes and ensuring that a respectful ethos defines all aspects of the school’s work.
- Teachers are now providing accurate information on pupils’ attainment.
- Staff check attendance closely and effectively monitor the welfare of all pupils.
- The school’s librarian is passionate about promoting reading and uses his knowledge and skills to ignite pupils’ imagination.
What Ofsted says about our School…
- Parents are supportive of the school. The school works effectively with parents and carers.
- Assemblies and form time are used well to drive home gospel values and instil a clear moral compass within pupils. The school helps pupils to develop a strong sense of moral responsibility.
- The excellent provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school.
- Homework is set regularly. It is usually of good quality and assists pupils’ learning and progress.
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is effective. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective Parents, staff and pupils agree that the school is safe.
- There is a real desire to improve teaching and learning and pupils’ outcomes.
- In the most recent summer examinations, pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics rose compared to the previous year.
- The school provides an abundance of opportunities for pupils to develop as responsible individuals.
- Pupils who need additional support are swiftly identified and pastoral leaders use a wide range of external support for pupils in their care.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. The school also embraces and promotes leadership and democracy.
- Pupils are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities to develop their interests and deepen their knowledge and skills.
- There is a wide range of activities offered which support pupils’ character, attitudes and confidence. Many pupils attend organised activities on offer.
- The school supports pupils’ career choices and career plans by providing appropriate careers education from Year 7 onwards.
- The school forms strong links with primary schools and establishes particularly positive relationships with pupils in Years 5 and 6.
- There is a wide range of different subjects at key stage 4.
What Ofsted says about our Leadership…
- The new headteacher and deputy headteachers have strengthened leadership across the school. They have revitalised and empowered staff and pupils to work together.
- Senior leaders are now swiftly and methodically getting the school back on track and have a clear momentum and positive trajectory.
- Senior leaders work as a cohesive group, united in purpose, providing a clear vision and direction for staff and pupils. They have established a positive culture built on respect and tolerance for everyone.
- Senior leaders have an accurate view of the school. They understand the school’s strengths and areas for development.
- Senior leaders recognise the urgent need to accelerate improvement in pupils’ Initiatives have begun and key changes have been made to address inconsistencies.
- Senior leaders who are relatively new in post have quickly established robust systems across the school to drive improvements and raise success for all They have ensured that the school is poised for rapid improvement.
- The deputy headteacher for teaching and learning has injected accountability across the school and has clear plans to improve teaching and learning. She has established rigorous systems for checking teaching and pupils’ progress.
- The new deputy headteacher is the driving force behind improvements that have sharpened behaviour and safeguarding across the school. He is knowledgeable and effective.
- The foundations to build strong teaching and learning are set and the school is poised for further improvement.
- Leaders value the importance of developing teachers’ professional skills and aspirations, thereby building a culture of continuous improvement.
- Leaders hold teachers accountable for their pupils’ progress.
- Governors fully support the school’s ethos and inclusivity.
- Leaders support newly qualified teachers and those in training well.
November 2017: Ofsted HMI Monitoring Inspection Report