Whilst the overall judgement may appear to be disappointing we were very pleased to see that the hard work and dedication of pupils, staff and governors was clearly reflected within the report. The school is still graded ‘requires improvement’ to become good. The report, however, clearly recognises much of the work undertaken since the 2015 inspection, and the school’s capacity to continue to move forward towards achieving at least ‘good’ in two years’ time.
Inspectors commented very positively upon a large number of areas including:
‘The actions of leaders have resulted in a marked improvement in the culture for learning. The implementation of well-devised policies and procedures have significantly improved pupils’ behaviour and their attitudes to their studies. The headteacher, governors and the senior leadership team generate and model good relationships which pupils emulate’.
‘Leaders’ actions have also improved attendance, especially for disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities’.
‘The leadership team’s actions have significantly improved pupils’ behaviour and the attendance and punctuality of disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities’.
‘Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are much improved and are now good. The school is a very orderly and safe community’.
‘Staff give pupils very strong pastoral care and support which contributes to pupils’ good attendance, punctuality, well-being and safety’.
‘The school provides pupils with high-quality opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’.
The January 2017 Ofsted Inspection Report can be viewed here.
Previous Ofsted reports can be found here.