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RECENT VISIT BY OFSTED

On 19th June the school received a no notice OFSTED inspection which focussed on the behaviour of the students in the school.

On the 19th June the school received a no notice OFSTED inspection which focussed on the behaviour of students in the school.  A no notice inspection means just that, we received a phone call at 8:00am and the HMI arrived in school at 8:10 am.  The whole day was spent observing lessons and speaking to students and staff alike.  The inspector concluded that the school was taking effective action to improve behaviour in school and has a good systems in place.

They went on to say ‘ Students typically conduct themselves well around the school site.  They are respectful and polite.  They behave well in corridors and stairways as they move to and from lessons.  At break and lunchtime students socialise happily in and around the school, canteen and on the school field.  The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly.  Staff now wear high visibility jackets so students can see them from a-far, across the large school site.  Students report that this makes unruly behaviour, which was already rare, even more unlikely.   Students arrive and leave school in an orderly manner.’

‘ During my visit, students arrived promptly and equipped ready to learn.  Classes quickly settled down to work’ 

The inspector highlighted the following areas for further development:

1.  Ensure that your new zero-tolerance ‘yellow slip’ approach continues to be applied rigorously as it develops.  Refine and adapt it as needed over time.

2.  Ensure that teachers routinely highlight, praise and reward good behaviour, thereby helping students to understand what is expected and motivating them to behave well.

3.  Make sure that all teachers have the necessary skills to plan and teach lessons that engage students’ interest, motivate them to pay attention and enable them to work hard.