Key Findings 2015
– Students achieve well. They make good progress and their attainment at the age of 16 is well above average in all subjects.
– All groups of students in Key Stages 3 and 4 make good progress. Disadvantaged students reach the same well above average standards as other students in the school and much higher than other students nationally.
– Students show exceptional attitudes towards their learning and are highly motivated.
– Students learn well because in most classes knowledgeable, skilled and sometimes inspirational teaching secures their interest and makes sure they make fast gains in their knowledge and understanding.
– Students’ behaviour is exemplary. They are mature and sensible in lessons and at social times. They have excellent relationships with each other. They feel extremely safe and secure within the school. Their attendance is high.
– Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school. Many opportunities are provided for students to consider a wide range of ethical and topical issues. As a result, they develop well-considered, reasoned views which they express articulately and sensitively.
– The headteacher provides caring, committed and clear leadership based on striving for the very best for all students. He is supported well by the deputy headteacher and other senior leaders. The systems they have introduced have ensured that middle leaders have become increasingly effective.
– The actions taken have continued to improve the school. Teaching is stronger than it was and achievement has risen for students in Key Stages 3 and 4.
– The governing body is extremely supportive of the school, holds leaders to account and is actively involved in steps to improve it further.
Key Findings 2012
– This is a good and rapidly improving school. In 2011, all students at Key Stage 4 achieved 5 A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics. In particular the school has made rapid improvements in the proportion of students gaining GCSE grades A* and A. Students now make good progress set against high attainment. Sixth form provision is good. Pass rates for GCE AS and A-level are high with an increasing number of students achieving higher grades.
– The leadership of the headteacher and deputy headteacher are exceptional in promoting improvement, high aspirations and ambition for students and staff. During the last two years they have moved the school forward at a rapid pace. There is no sense of complacency but a continuing pursuit of improvement. The governing body is highly supportive of the direction taken by senior leaders and scrupulously holds them to account for performance. The school knows its areas of improvement and what it wants to achieve. Middle managers and staff are supportive of this direction and of the stronger monitoring and evaluation systems established. The school was judged to be good and not outstanding, by inspectors, because the majority of the teaching was found to be good and not outstanding.
– Teaching is good. There is much good and better teaching. The best lessons are very well paced, well planned and full of challenge. Students respond with excitement and enthusiasm to the variety of learning opportunities provided.
– The behaviour of students is outstanding and they make an exceptional contribution to a harmonious and aspirational school community. Students feel very safe and confident within school. Attendance and punctuality are high. Students have an excellent awareness of other faiths and cultures and demonstrate respect for each other and adults. Incidents of bullying are exceptionally rare and when they do occur are dealt with quickly and effectively. Above all students engage in learning with great enthusiasm, cooperation, and exceptional aspiration. For a copy of the full Ofsted Report, please download the attached document.