Submitted by admin.rpa on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:20
I am delighted to be able to share with you our Ofsted report. We were inspected on 24 and 25 October under the new Ofsted framework, a much more rigorous set of criteria. Now, inspectors focus sharply on those aspects of schools’ work that have the greatest impact on raising achievement. They report on: (i) achievement and the extent to which the school meets the needs of all its pupils; (ii) the quality of teaching; (iii) the behaviour and safety of the students; and (iv) the quality of leadership and management. Student progress (as opposed to raw attainment) and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students play a much bigger role under the new Framework. Only judgements of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ are now defined as an ‘acceptable’ standard of education, so you can see how the bar has been markedly raised.
As you will see on opening the file, we were judged to be a good school, and, of course, we are very pleased. Credit goes to all the staff, students, governors and parents who contributed to the evidence-gathering and the hard, hard work that has been going on for some years to get our school to this standard. Next stop? We want an ‘outstanding’ judgement at our next inspection!