A summary of comments from the last short inspection in April, 2018:
"Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas."
"The school has many strengths."
"By the end of key stages 4 and 5, outcomes for most groups of pupils are significantly above the national average. For example, in 2017 pupils' progress in mathematics was in the top 2% of all schools in the country."
"Staff value the focus that has been placed on further improving their training..."
"Pupils at the school... talked about recent improvements, for example in behaviour and teachers having even higher expectations of them."
"Senior and middle leaders work together and complement each other well."
"Pupils feel safe in the school."
"Pupils new to the school feel well supported in making new friends."
"... an inclusive community where pupils feel safe in celebrating their individual differences."
"...the effectiveness of teacher questioning is helping the most able to think more deeply about their learning."
"There is clear evidence of strong leadership and management at all levels of the school."
“A rapidly improving school under very strong leadership” - Ofsted 2015.
The school was rated “Good” in all areas following an Ofsted inspection in April 2015. The report found the school is "rapidly improving" under "very strong" leadership of our senior leadership team.
On student behaviour, the inspectors concluded relationships between students and teachers were "highly productive". The report added: "Students are supportive of each other and show consideration. They are highly inclusive of each other’s cultures and backgrounds when socialising and at work."
The school was described as a harmonious community characterised by mutual respect and high aspiration. There was also praise for our sixth-form, which enables students to study subjects that are a “Good match for their interests and abilities”. Our well informed governors support and challenge the leadership team, the reported added.