Ofsted Report

"This school continues to be good.  Since the last inspection, your vision and ambition for the school have transformed it into a place where pupils flourish and gain the qualifications they need for the next stage of their education, training or the workplace.  In addition … you focus on nurturing pupil talent in sport, music and the arts and on developing them into well-rounded young people with the essential personal qualities and skills needed for adulthood.  This contributes greatly to the school's vibrancy, ethos and strong culture of achievement.  You have taken decisive action… to empower staff to make the further improvements needed to make the school outstanding.

Pupils' behaviour and conduct are exceptional.  We found them to be polite, well-mannered and respectful.  They… wear their uniforms with pride.  They are self-motivated and eager to learn…  They readily accept responsibility as prefects, counsellors and sports captains, and enthuse about the wide range of enrichment activities…  (Attendance) is now above average.  Pupils attend regularly because they thoroughly enjoy school…

The school prides itself on being inclusive and able to meet pupils' different interests, needs and abilities.  Pupils in all key stages praise the pastoral care provided for them… Pupils understand diversity, human rights and the different culture and beliefs they learn about in citizenship lessons.

Since (the last inspection) you have placed improving teaching and learning at the heart of the school's work… teaching has gone from strength to strength.  Pupils talked positively about… what staff do in lesson to make learning stimulating and enjoyable… Staff feel both accountable and well supported…

GCSE results are consistently high… Leadership of the sixth form has been strengthened to improve the monitoring of pupils' progress and welfare… you have set older pupils much more challenging targets and created an 'accelerated' class of the most-able younger pupils to ensure they are fully challenged and prepared for learning later…  All pupils are expected to make at least four levels of progress.

School leaders ensure that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and that records are detailed and of high quality.  Pupils are kept very safe.  The school site is secure… Child protection procedures are firmly established… Pupils' awareness of keeping safe online or when using mobiles is reinforced…

Governors… share your aspirations.  They support you and your staff fully…

John Mitcheson, Her Majesty's Inspector

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