Our outcomes for pupils and students have been tremendous at every phase of the school, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form. The annual analysis of performance suggests that our pupils make progress that is well above the national average. Our recent Ofsted visit and resulting report regarded the personal development, behaviour and welfare element of the school’s work to be outstanding, along with our highly successful Early Years and Foundation Stage. Inspectors were particularly enamoured of the detailed and effective process of inducting the new Reception children into the school. My thanks go to all those parents who provided feedback to the inspectors, to our staff, governors and students who provided such a positive (and accurate!) reflection of school life.
Although their comments did not make it into the report, we received very positive verbal feedback from the inspectors at their meeting with the school leaders and governors, comments like:
- “The Pastoral team know their pupils well: their emotional vulnerability and their academic progress”.
- “Independent Careers Advice and Guidance is a very strong feature of the school and it starts early.”
- “The children around the school were delightful, well-rounded and enjoy their learning.”
- “The climate for learning is very strong and pupils value their education and they are proud of their school.”
- “There is a strong Christian ethos which is lived out in practice.”
Comments about our leaders (at every level, governors through to middle leaders) were equally positive,
- The Governors “are impressive”. They “know the school well” and “actively monitor” its work
- “All leaders have worked to move the school forward”
- Leaders are all “receptive to change and improvement”
- “Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural” aspects and “equal opportunities are promoted well”
- There is a “strong safeguarding culture”
- “Monitoring at all levels is constructive and wide-ranging”
- There is a “sense of aspiration and track record of improvement”
- Leaders have “successfully taken the school through a lot of change”