Here you can read our latest Ofsted report. Please also read the following response to it - we thought it was important for us to set it in context. We are pleased that Ofsted has again found that the quality of teaching is good, that attainment is high, that the children are courteous and well-behaved and that they make good progress and develop self-confidence.
The report also notes that parents and carers are “highly complementary about the personal development and academic progress achieved by their children”.
However, we are disappointed that some shortcomings, primarily in relation to personnel procedures and paperwork, have had such a negative impact on the report’s overall findings. Nevertheless, we acknowledge these failings and we are deeply sorry they occurred. We also appreciate the importance of adhering fully to standards in this area. Safeguarding issues flagged up were entirely down to record checking and keeping. The safety and security of our pupils has never been in question.
That’s why we immediately conducted a complete review of our procedures to resolve these issues. We are confident that, if they were to re-inspect us, Ofsted would be entirely satisfied with the processes now in place. We also want to assure you of our total commitment as a school to adhering to the standards and procedures that support safeguarding. We have already actioned several improvements to support leadership and management. We have reviewed the monitoring of teaching and put in place measures to ensure that continuing professional development will always be firmly embedded in the culture of the school.
We have employed a new member of staff – Miss Morris has joined us from a local Primary school, where she was phase lead, and brings 18 years of teaching experience with her. She is currently supporting Sarah and Mrs Fuller (our Teaching and Learning Coordinator) in implementing improvements within teaching, leadership and management.
We have worked closely with David Elstone, Headmaster of our associate school, Hymers College, and its Governors, who have supported this review and endorse the actions we have taken. At our behest, Mr Elstone is also arranging a private, independent inspection which will mirror the rigorous Ofsted standards, to ensure the changes we have made are robust. Mr Elstone has asked us to include this message from him: