Quality Assurance Review
Your son may have told you that we had a group of “inspectors”, (the boys’ language), in school last week. They were undertaking a Quality Review that I had commissioned, so that we may take stock of where we are in relation to Ofsted’s new schedule for inspection.
Although the Review Team were not Ofsted, the Lead Reviewer was an Ofsted Registered Inspector. The report back has elements of the style of an Ofsted Report. Before I tell you in brief what they said about the school I should like to tell you that they were extremely impressed with the children; especially their behaviour and courtesy. So—well done to the students who really did show themselves in the best light! (They are being rewarded with a non-uniform day tomorrow as a means of us thanking them).
The main headlines of the findings were:
Achievement & Attainment: Judged outstanding especially at KS4 where we have well above average outcomes for students and really strong value added especially in the core subjects.
Quality of Teaching: Judged good. Reviewers agreed that with some more work across the school we can shortly move this to outstanding.
Behaviour & Safety: Judged Outstanding. The Review Team commented throughout the review about the quality of behaviour in lessons and around the school and the strategies that the school now has in place to embed consistent Behaviour Management and Rewards.
Leadership & School Improvement Strategies: Judged Outstanding; from the way in which school and departmental evaluation and planning is done and shared to the practical application/implication and evaluation/review.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education: Judged to be Outstanding, particularly the work to audit the impact across the school and the curriculum contribution made by MyZone, Assemblies and other work being done to promote this area.
Area of Excellence (we offered up Maths): Confirmed as Outstanding due to levels of progress and attainment over time and contribution generally to numeracy in school.
Overall Judgement: To be an outstanding school we would have had to achieve an Outstanding Judgement in both Teaching and Achievement and Attainment. We are not quite there yet! We are nevertheless judged to be at the very top of the Good category with very strong Outstanding features.
The school’s senior leadership team are presently working on an action plan to continue to move the quality of Teaching and Learning forward and staff will be engaging with this from next term.
Our last Ofsted Inspection took place in September 2010 so the third anniversary, (the earliest Ofsted would call back in the case of a ‘Good’ school) would be next term. It is possible that following a “desk-top exercise” (particularly if our results continue to be good) Ofsted may defer a return visit for a further two years.
The review puts us in a very good position regarding the school’s continued improvement. It was a very useful health-check for us.
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