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What is it like to attend this school?
- The school has a strong, caring ethos based around its values. These include excellence, endeavour and respect.
- Pupils behave exceptionally well. They focus on their learning in lessons. Pupils follow teachers’ instructions, and they respectfully listen to one another.
- There is a strong pastoral team that works closely with the safeguarding team. Pupils that we spoke to said that they feel very safe in school. Parents and staff agree.
- Leaders and teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. They want pupils to achieve well in a broad range of subjects. Many do. Pupils value the expertise and commitment of their teachers. Pupils told us that ‘teachers go the extra mile to support them, even after school’.
- Pupils have access to plenty of enrichment opportunities. Pupils are willing take on leadership roles, such as peer mentoring, house captains and sports leaders.
- A large majority of parents have very positive views of the school. Many are delighted by the academic and enrichment opportunities provided for their children by the school.
What does the school do well?
- Leaders and governors have a clear vision for the school. Together, they are highly ambitious for all pupils. Leaders and staff have continued to provide a good quality of education for pupils and students. The school is well led and managed. Leaders know what the school does well and what it needs to do better.
- Senior leaders have revised the curriculum so that it is ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils study a wide range of subjects in Years 7 to 9. This provides a good foundation for pupils from which they can choose their GCSE subjects.
- Knowledgeable curriculum leaders are passionate about their roles. They have thought carefully about the order in which they teach subject content so that pupils build on their previous knowledge.
- Teachers have good subject knowledge. They make the right decisions about what to teach and when.
- Leaders and teachers have placed a high importance on developing pupils’ literacy skills. ‘Drop everything and read’ sessions help to promote pupils’ love of reading.
- There is an extensive range of opportunities for pupils to help prepare them for their next steps. During the inspection, Year 11 pupils participated in mock interviews with external employers. Pupils appreciate these experiences. They feel well informed to make decisions about their subject options and next steps.
- The school provides strong support and care for pupils with SEND. They study the same curriculum as their peers. Teachers make sure that the curriculum is suitably adapted to pupils’ ability and needs. Consequently, these pupils are achieving well.
- Leaders have created a strong sixth-form curriculum. Partnerships with two other local schools enables students to have access to a wide range of appropriate courses. Students enjoy their experience in the sixth form. They are highly motivated and have positive attitudes. Students value the extensive enrichment offer, including aspiration sessions. In these sessions, they learn how to apply to the top universities. Many students receive offers from highly competitive universities.
- Trust leaders and governors provide strong support and challenge to school leaders. The governing body are well informed and hold leaders to account effectively.
- The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
- The trust oversees the school’s safeguarding arrangements. Leaders and governors make sure that safeguarding is a high priority. The right checks are completed on staff before they start to work at the school. Staff get to know the pupils well. They know that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff receive frequent safeguarding training. They are knowledgeable about keeping pupils safe. Leaders and staff are vigilant. Leaders’ work with external agencies is timely and ensures that they secure the right support for pupils and families. Pupils are taught, and know how, to keep themselves safe in different ways, including when online.