The school was last inspected 11th April 2018 and we were pleased that all aspects were judged as “good”
- The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school has a very detailed understanding of its strengths, and clear action plans are in place to address areas for improvement. Consequently, leaders check the quality of teaching, learning and assessment regularly and hold staff to account for pupils’ progress. As a result, most of the weaknesses in teaching have been tackled swiftly and effectively.
- The school has put in place a range of strategies to support pupils in all year groups who are not meeting their targets. For example, pupils in Year 11 are very appreciative of the many revision and catch-up sessions available before school and at lunchtime. Where appropriate, groups of pupils in Years 8 and 9 are given effective, additional teaching to improve their literacy skills. The progress of current pupils is much stronger in mathematics, at both key stages 3 and 4. In humanities, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is also improving.
- Leaders ensure that the arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff are well trained in child protection procedures. They have a clear understanding of the actions to take should they have any concerns about a pupil. The designated safeguarding leaders are knowledgeable and experienced.
- Pupils work well together in lessons. They are polite and responsive to their teachers’ instructions. They show respect and tolerance towards each other. Pupils spoke positively about the advice and guidance they have been given about keeping themselves safe, including how to stay safe online.
- The school has pupils who have a broad range of SEN and/or disabilities. In 2017, they made strong progress in a range of subjects, such as the arts and technology, but less progress in English and mathematics. You are ambitious in your plans to improve pupils’ progress further and have recently appointed a new special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) to lead the next stage of these plans. Current pupils in Year 11 are making strong progress in English and mathematics.
- The school was quick to address the dip in pupils’ attendance last year. As a result, the attendance of all pupil groups is improving. Leaders have identified a team of pastoral staff with responsibility for improving pupils’ attendance. They apply the new strategies consistently and have begun to work closely with individual pupils and their families. Case studies show the positive impact of these strategies on theattendance of some pupils. Pupils understand the importance of good attendance and the reasons for the school’s recent focus on improving attendance. Most pupils attend regularly.
Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:
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