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Ofsted Monitoring Visit Confirms Effective Action

I’m delighted to share with you the extremely positive news of our recent Ofsted Monitoring Visit, which took place on 24th February 2017. The visiting HMI endorsed and confirmed all of the hard work that colleagues are doing to move the school forward since the full inspection of February 2016. I’d like to thank the tremendous team of staff that I work with for everything that they do for our students every day.

The main findings were that “Since taking up post, you have taken swift and decisive action to improve the school. You have successfully stabilised the staff team, showing insight and skill in attracting and recruiting new staff. Your clarity of expectation and focus on shared learning has galvanised the staff into a team that increasingly pulls together for the benefit of the pupils”.

It goes on to say that, “Much suitable work is underway to improve teaching” and “work to improve leadership and support for disadvantaged pupils and those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is making a difference”

The very positive work that is going on in core subjects was also highlighted through “increased support outside of lessons, coupled with teaching more sharply focused on meeting the needs of these pupils, is leading to much-improved progress in English and mathematics at key stage 3”.

The strength, together with the wide ranging skills and expertise that our relatively new Governing Body bring to the school, under the leadership of our new Chair of Governors, Andy Gauld was also highlighted and praised. The letter states that, “The governing body has reviewed the way it operates in order to ensure clarity about its role and a suitably strategic focus. A clear approach is now in place which defines the processes and structure by which governors will hold senior and middle leaders to account.”

We still recognise that there is a lot of work to do in order to secure an Ofsted judgement of good, and the monitoring visit highlighted three key areas which the school needs to take further action on. Some of this work was already underway. The letter says that “The school should take further action to:

• ensure that teaching and achievement in science improve quickly

• sharpen the way work to improve teaching is evaluated to secure an incisive understanding of how effective it is and where adjustments are needed

• use the information you collect about pupils’ achievement to gain a precise view of the progress pupils that make from varying starting points, including the most able”.

This success isn’t just down to the staff in school, but also to our students, parents, Governors, partnership schools and the wider community, including local businesses. It is the positive collaborative work that all members of our community contribute to the education, opportunities and life experiences of our young people that make our school successful and a school that I am immensely proud to lead.

The full Ofsted Monitoring Visit letter is here.

Mr Nigel J. Sellars - Headteacher

Posted: 2017-03-17 12:18:35
Last Edited: 2017-03-17 12:19:10