In June 2013, the school was inspected by Ofsted and judged to be ‘good’. The report highlights the following features of the school:
- Students achieve well. From their starting points they make very good progress and the percentage attaining five or more GCSE A*-C grades including English and mathematics is higher than the national average.
- Teaching is usually good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and are ambitious for student achievement.
- The Sixth form is good and improving. Students achieve well from starting points that are in line with national averages.
- The school offers a broad and flexible range of academic and vocational subjects to study, taking into account students’ needs and aspirations.
- The school is led very well. School leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness. They have worked together to bring about improvements in teaching and student achievement. As a result, standards continue to rise year on year.
- Students’ behaviour is good and there is a very positive climate for learning in lessons. Students are keen to do well and succeed. They feel safe and happy in school.
- Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported very well and this contributes to their success. The students value and enjoy the wealth of extra-curricular and enrichment activities the school offers.
Areas for improvement, had already been identified by the school's own self-evaluation and built into the School Development Plan:
Strengthen the quality of teaching and the progress of all students, so that both are outstanding, by making sure that:
- Teachers always plan work that is well matched to individual students’ needs and challenges all to make the very best progress they can, especially those who learn most quickly;
- Teachers build on students’ enthusiasm and willingness to learn by giving them opportunities to take an active part in lessons and develop independence in learning;
- Marking regularly informs students as to how they can improve their work and teachers ensure that they respond to the comments they receive.
A copy of the full report can be downloaded by clicking here and also can be seen on the Ofsted website.
- ‘"Teachers have high expectations and are ambitious for students' achievement".’
- ‘"Students' behaviour is good and there is a very positive climate for learning in lessons".’
- ‘"Good relationships and mutual respect are strong features of the school's culture". Students "cooperate with staff and also with each other and have positive attitudes to learning, wanting to do well".’
- ‘"The school is led very well. School leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school's effectiveness. They have worked together to bring about improvements in teaching and students' achievement. As a result, standards continue to rise".’
- ‘Students "are keen to please their teachers....and take a great deal of pride in their work".’