Dear Parents and Carers,
Parents and carers will be aware that we recently had a team from OFSTED visit us to look at progress the College has made since it was last inspected in November 2013.
We are delighted to now be able to share the outcome of our recent short Ofsted inspection which has confirmed our status as a good school. Attached is the inspection letter that will be published on the OFSTED website next week.
The inspection team identified a number of areas of success in the College including;
- Improvements in teaching, which have ensured overall progress has been at or above the national averages.
- Honest and accurate evaluation of our progress, with well-chosen priorities for what the College needs to do next.
- Success in the sixth form, where students develop well and become confident learners with high expectations.
- The effectiveness of safeguarding practice, including a real culture of vigilance to identify concerns and swift actions around potential risks to students.
The inspection team agreed with us about aspects we have identified as improvement priorities. These include the performance of our disadvantaged students (those for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding, typically 23% of our young people), pupil attendance and behaviour for learning.
We are really grateful to the parents and carers who took the time to contribute to OFSTED’s ‘parentview’ survey. We know that we share many priorities for improving the College even further, and we can assure you that all of us here at the College are absolutely committed to making sure our young people get the very best educational experience.
We hope to sustain and build engagement from parents and carers as we work together to improve the College. To begin this, we have set aside time to hear from you any questions, comments or feedback you have regarding both the OFSTED report and wider College issues. On the next two parent evenings both myself and Kirsty Matthews, Deputy Principal, will be on hand to continue the conversation- we would love to talk to as many of you as we can over a tea or coffee and hear your ideas, no appointment necessary!
Wednesday 25 April- Y11 Subject Evening 4pm to 7pm Redworth Canteen
Wednesday 9 May- KS3 Subject Evening 4pm to 7pm Redworth Canteen
Please note we also have our usual Parent Voice meeting at 6pm on 21 May in Redworth Canteen which Kirsty and I will attend.
We are very proud of our young people and our staff team and what they have achieved so far, and we are determined to work tirelessly to ensure we build on this going forward. We are very grateful for your continued support in doing so.