A brief summary from our most recent OFSTED Inspection Report (September 2017):
The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in May 2014.
This school continues to be good.
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.You and your staff have immense pride in the school. You have an unquestionable commitment to providing an environment in which the young people who attend feel safe and make good progress in their learning.
..a comment received through Parent View: ‘I have nothing but praise for this school and every teacher, teaching assistant and partner to the school. I feel privileged that my son is getting everything he needs in such a stable establishment. All I can say is thank you for being a part of our family.’
Leaders have a clear understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement in school because they know the staff and pupils well.
Governors know their school well because of the information that they receive from leaders and staff.
The quality of teaching is a strength of the school. Teachers have high expectation of pupils from key stage 1 to the sixth form.
Appropriate training in specialist areas of nurture and autism ensures that teachers and teaching assistants have well-developed skills and strategies. This enables them to meet the challenging needs of pupils effectively when they arise.
Teachers manage the high numbers of teaching assistants working in their classes well to provide good support for an individual pupil’s needs. Teaching assistants are highly committed and skilled practitioners who use their specialist knowledge effectively to support and nurture pupils’ development. Teachers and other adults consistently promote learning and development by their enthusiasm and through carefully designed activities, which makes learning fun and accessible to all.
Pupils develop their knowledge and independence well through appropriately challenging activities. These prepare them well for the transition into adult life.
You have established an expectation of high attendance within the ethos of the school and monitor pupils’ attendance closely.