Excellent transition arrangements help students new to the school to settle quickly.
In our last inspection, the school achieved an Outstanding judgement, with the report stating, ‘This is an extremely inclusive, caring and supportive school where students feel safe and well cared for.’ They agreed that students are enthusiastic, highly motivated and determined to do well in everything they do. They went on to state that students personal and social development is excellent, and that they show well-developed social skills and treat each other with considerable respect. Younger students speak highly of the sixth form mentors and the benefits they gained from them.
Students learn to work independently, organise their time effectively and express themselves clearly and with confidence.
Ofsted noted that sixth form students' attainment is high and they make an outstanding contribution to the school and local community.
In terms of teaching, Ofsted found that it is good and frequently outstanding. Lessons are well organised, delivered at a good pace and that they challenge all students. Ofsted noted that both teachers and students use questions skilfully to enhance discussion and debate, which raises our students’ confidence as well as extending their knowledge and understanding.
Ofsted graded our quality of provision as Outstanding for support, guidance and care. Our curriculum, which they noted was balanced and closely matched to students’ needs, also received an Outstanding judgement.
With reference to leadership and management, Ofsted found that our expectations and ambitions are high and drive improvements at all levels. Resources are efficiently deployed and value for money is outstanding.
To view our most recent Ofsted inspection in full, please download the report below.