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17th January 2023

RE: Ofsted Report

Please find below a link to our most recent Ofsted report that took place in November 2022. This was our first inspection since 2017, during which time the way that schools are evaluated completely changed as a new and more challenging framework has been brought in.

We are delighted that the inspectors praised many aspects of our school during their visit. They found that staff are ambitious for their pupils and are clear that there is no ceiling on what they can achieve”, there is a “broad and ambitious curriculum” and that pupils benefit from many activities that help them prepare for their future lives.


Most importantly they concluded “many pupils want to do well and enjoy attending school”, and, as a result, the inspectors felt that many elements of the school continue to be strong and on a positive trajectory.


That being said, the inspectors also agreed with our own assessments that there are areas that need continued focus and improvement. These are largely linked to three factors; consistency of how lessons are planned and taught, the behaviours and attitudes of a small minority of students, and our support for young people with additional needs.


Due to these three factors, we did not consistently meet the standards the new Ofsted framework rightly demands for the strongest judgements. While Personal Development was graded as Good and Ofsted gave us some very positive feedback, we were graded Requires Improvement overall.


“This judgement reflected our own evaluation of the school. There is a great deal for us to be proud of, but we need to be consistent. We are making daily progress to achieve this, and we have every confidence that we are moving towards being a Good school. Sadly, this inspection came a little too early for us to be able to show and evidence that fully.


Warmest wishes,


Catherine Davies

Executive Principal

MA, MBA, BA (Hons), NPQH


Click here to read our Ofsted report.

Catherine Davies - Executive Principal

MA, MBA, BA (Hons), NPQH