On November the 28th and 29th we were inspected by Ofsted and I am delighted to say were graded Outstanding in all categories again. Our last inspection was in Nov 2010 but we converted to become an Academy in July 2011 and therefore classed as a new school which means inspection within 2 years. The framework has changed a further 3 times since our last inspection and the chief inspector has stated publically that he wants less outstanding schools and only really outstanding schools to have that label. The old 27 categories now feed into just 4 categories which then lead to an overall effectiveness grade. I am absolutely thrilled and so incredibly proud to lead this very special school which has again had the highest possible public recognition.
During the inspection my deputies and I were privileged to be in the meetings which the inspectors had after each day to discuss their findings. I would like to make public some of their comments. They described the students as a “delight”, young people who had a real thirst for knowledge and love of learning. Students who have a real sense of identity and a deep pride in the school. All benefit from an ethos of fairness for all, a place where good manners and courtesy are there for all to see. The 6th formers were described as excellent role models who benefit from highly skilled post 16 teaching which enables them “to reach for the skies.” Teachers target all vulnerable groups and plan in detail for them – this was the only school where they have seen such planning in every lesson. Inspectors noted that there is an ethos of developing the whole person as well as top results. I think the comments that pleased me most were those about both teachers and students. Inspectors said there are great relationships between teachers and students; they said it was unusual to see students not only happy to answer questions but also to ask them of the teacher. They described a shared responsibility for learning between the teacher and the student. However to me the best comment of the lot was that there is fabulous rapport between staff and students. This is what I see every day and I am so pleased that Ofsted recognised these amazing relationships.
Every individual member of our wider community can be incredibly proud of this achievement. It is an honour and a privilege to lead the simply amazing students and staff of this school. I am delighted that we have been recognised by Ofsted as outstanding once again.