In May 2015 the school was subjected to a no notice OFSTED monitoring inspection focussed on the achievement of disadvantaged students. The resulting report is shown below. I was delighted that the HMI reported “The strengths in the school’s approaches to supporting its disadvantaged students effectively to achieve their potential are:
- Recent actions, such as the improvement in the tracking and monitoring systems and the work of the Heads of English and Mathematics, are beginning to impact on the achievement and attainment of disadvantaged students.
- School leaders work effectively with parents and this is leading to a growing confidence on the part of students. This is helping to improve achievement and attainment in some cases.
- The systems to support looked after children are strong and are leading to good attendance and progress.”
At the end of January 2014 the school was subjected to a no notice OFSTED monitoring inspection focussed on pupil safety and safeguarding. The resulting report is shown below. I was delighted that the HMI reported “The responses from pupils (on a recent bullying survey) show that they are very positive about how well staff help them to stay safe. Discussions with pupils during this inspection confirm this. They have a detailed awareness of the different forms of bullying and it is clear that staff have high expectations of them to behave well and to consider how their behaviour may affect others. This includes how derogatory language and inappropriate use of social media are forms of bullying. Pupils’ responsibility to take action when they see inappropriate behaviour is actively encouraged by staff and between pupils. Pupils speak about the importance of being an ‘upstander not a bystander’, as promoted recently during an assembly. Discussions with staff, pupils and a local authority adviser, incident logs and an unannounced tour of the school with you, indicate that the overwhelming majority of pupils respect the rules and behave well”. In the end the inspector had to make one of two judgements either the school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements or they didn’t. I’m delighted to report that the HMI reported “The schoool’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements”.
The most recent full, Section 5, inspection report, undertaken in September 2012 and grading us a “good” school is shown here: