Ofsted Report 2019 

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The following comments were noted at our last inspection in 2019:  

The arrangements for the safeguarding of pupils are effective, including leaders’ alertness to extremist views and informing pupils how they can keep themselves safe in the community and when online.  

Leadership and management of the school is good.    

Leaders have taken effective action to improve standards, which has resulted in year-on-year improvement in academic progress for all students.  

Leaders have a clear vision for the future of the school.  

Leadership of the curriculum is effective and is broad and balanced. All students follow an appropriate suite of subjects at Key Stages 3 and 4.   

The range of extracurricular activities is a strength of the school.   

Safeguarding arrangements are effective and students report that they feel safe. Incidents of bullying are low and dealt with effectively.   

Pastoral leadership is a strength of the school. Students are well supported with regard to their mental and emotional well-being.  

There is a good range of extra-curricular activities which complement pupils’ formal  curriculum. Pupils say that they appreciate these opportunities, which include working towards the sports leader’s award, learning Japanese, fundraising for charity and angling. Some pupils have successfully participated in the national angling championships.  

Pastoral leadership is a strength of the school, particularly in the care extended towards vulnerable pupils who may find themselves in difficulty. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Pupils report that they feel safe and well cared for. The overwhelming majority of parents agree.  

All pupils benefit from access to impartial careers advice and the proportion of pupils progressing into further education, employment or training has improved markedly over the last two years.  

The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.  

Pupils are well supported by staff with regard to their mental and emotional well-being. Pupils know who they can talk to if they need additional support or advice.  

Leaders promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils well. For example, pupils have opportunities to explore their understanding of different faiths, complemented by trips and visits to contrasting places of worship. Pupils are also active in raising funds for charities such as Age UK and Children in Need. Pupils appreciate being involved in decision-making about how to raise funds and which charities they could support.  

Pupils report that they feel safe at school. The large majority of parents who responded to Ofsted’s online survey agree, as do school staff.  

School records of bullying indicate that the incidence of bullying is low. The majority of pupils who spoke with inspectors confirmed this. They say that they feel confident that any issues of bullying would be dealt with effectively by staff.  

Pupils are taught to stay safe through a thoughtfully planned programme of personal  development. This includes how to stay safe online, personal safety, healthy minds and healthy relationships.    

There is a very broad range of extra-curricular activities which further promote pupil’s personal development. Examples include sports leaders, dance awards, charity fundraising, yoga and fishing, including participation in the national angling  championships.  

In 2018, the proportion of pupils securing appropriate places for their next steps in education, employment or training was above the national average. This reflects the support and guidance pupils receive to inform them of the options available.  

Sixth Form students’ conduct and behaviour are good. They are polite and helpful. They describe the sixth form as a happy and supportive community. Students are particularly appreciative of the additional academic and pastoral support they receive from staff when they seek it.