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At the end of the month we had a visit from OFSTED to carry out a two-day inspection. Following a very stringent framework the team carried out a thorough inspection of all aspects of the school. There were many positives to come out of the inspection that aligned well with what we have been working to achieve now and moving forward:
- The Headteacher has worked alongside the Governing Body to ensure a smooth transition to the new school building. This has started to transform the culture of the school.
- Pupils benefit from an improved programme of careers guidance. Almost all pupils progress onto further education, employment or training when they leave school.
- Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make good progress.
- Governors have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. They are committed to improving the progress made by pupils across the curriculum.
- Pupils benefit from a curriculum offer which is broad and balanced…at Key Stage 4 pupils benefit from the choice of an appropriate range of academic and vocational subjects.
- Leaders provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding. For example, pupils participate in a range of extracurricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Leaders successfully embed British values through the ‘learning for life’ curriculum.
The team found that students with over 95% attendance make better than expected progress and well above the national average. However, this is not the case with students under 95% and as such attendance has been highlighted as an area for improvement. Nevertheless it was clear to the team that ‘governors and leaders demonstrate the capacity to tackle a legacy of under of under achievement…with evidence that current pupils make faster progress in subjects such mathematics, modern foreign languages and humanities.’
The final report also states that ‘leaders have an accurate view of the strengths and weaknesses in teaching’ and that our training programme for all staff is quickly addressing any areas for improvement.
Safeguarding was also deemed a major strength of the school:
‘Leaders have created a well-established culture of safeguarding…staff demonstrate a strong awareness of how to help pupils stay safe…the vast majority of parents feel that their child is safe in school…pupils say that they feel safe in school. There is always someone who they can talk to if they are worried or have a problem.’
In terms of teaching and learning:
‘Leaders have recently recruited a large number of good quality teachers…teachers exude enthusiasm and secure subject knowledge. This leads to effective use of questions that extend learning and helps to reshape learning for those falling behind…teachers are applying the school’s new assessment policy well. When used, pupils are able to improve their work, further their learning and deepen their understanding…leaders provide parents with accurate information about how well their children are progressing.’
Outcomes for students:
- Since moving to the new school building, the refocusing of attention on progress and teaching changes are starting to have a positive effect on outcomes. Provisional information for 2017 shows that the progress made by pupils at the end of key stage 4 has improved across a range of subjects. For example, pupils’ progress has improved in modern foreign languages and humanities.
- In 2017, provisional information shows an improvement in mathematics and pupils now make similar progress to other pupils nationally.
- Leaders’ improvements to teaching and learning, coupled with a more stable staffing structure, are also helping to secure better progress for current pupils, especially in key stage 3. Work Scrutiny and observations of pupils’ learning and progress in lessons confirm this overall improvement. The school’s own assessment information also shows that current pupils now make enough progress to reach the level expected for their age.
As a school we recognise that we are ‘on a journey of improvement.’ Indeed our own self-evaluation judges that we require improvement. The Ofsted team agreed with our current self-evaluation and whilst recognising provisional results for 2017 showed significant improvements in line with national averages, the final report was only able to use data for 2015 and 2016.
Safeguarding Inspection, September 2015
On 30 September 2015, Ofsted inspected our safeguarding procedures and practices and judged them to be effective.
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Click to download the Ofsted report on safeguarding at Ridgeway High School. It is listed as ‘Section 8 Inspection Report’ – 30 September 2015