OFSTED

The School was last inspected on 14th March 2017

The inspection, one of the new ‘short’ inspections undertaken by Ofsted, has endorsed the findings of the school’s 2012 inspection. The school remains Good overall with Outstanding Leadership and Management, Pupil Behaviour and Safeguarding, and Sixth Form.

Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, said “I am delighted to report that, once again, Ofsted inspectors are very positive about the work we do at the school, and, in particular, our pupils and staff”.

Click to read the Headteacher’s letter to Parents/Carers and  Ofsted’s Report.

 

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a Good school with Outstanding features graded in Student Behaviour & Safeguarding, Leadership & Management and the Sixth Form.
  • Most students progress well in a large majority of their subjects.
  • The proportion of students gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE has increased since the last inspection and is above the national average.
  • The Sixth Form is outstanding because standards are improving very rapidly. It is increasingly popular and the course completion rate is exceptionally high. Hardly any student is without education, employment or training when they leave.
  • Students have a very positive attitude to School. They behave exceptionally well and thrive on chances to take responsibilities. Attendance is high and there have been no permanent exclusions for many years.
  • Leadership is highly effective. Led by the outstanding example of the headteacher and senior leaders, swift action has been taken to remove previously weak teaching.
  • The School has made a number of rapid improvements. Almost all leaders are working very effectively towards the goal of ensuring teaching is always at least good, and often outstanding, and to raise achievement, particularly in English.
  • The governing body is involved exceptionally well in leading the direction of the School and provides rigorous challenge to leaders.