12 December 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
Ofsted report from the inspection held on 27 and 28 November 2018
The report from Ofsted’s inspection of the college in November is now available here. I am pleased to write to you with the main findings of the inspection team.
Ofsted agreed with the view of myself and my colleagues that the college is improving in most areas of its work.
The report states that teaching is improving, as is the curriculum students follow and the quality of careers education provided.
As they always do, the students conducted themselves extremely well over the two days and the lead inspector noted in the report that:
“Pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They are self-confident and join in their lessons well. Pupils look smart and wear their uniforms correctly. They care about their work and present their books well. Most pupils do their homework and bring the right equipment to school.”
I am very pleased to report that this, along with the high quality support we provide for students, led the inspection team to judge students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare to be “good”.
While acknowledging the improvements secured since their previous visit, inspectors have judged that, overall, the college continues to require improvement. The areas identified for improvement include the GCSE outcomes students achieve, especially those supported by pupil premium funding and high ability students. Inspectors state we need to have higher expectations of students and that the targets we set them should be more ambitious. Teaching will improve further if we can develop and deepen how we question students and also if we always ensure that all students have understood the material taught before moving on to new work. I can assure you that we will continue to work hard to secure improvement in these areas.
As part of the inspection process parents and carers were invited to complete a survey and the responses received by the inspection team led them to report that:
“Parents are positive about the care their children receive. Several families wanted to share their stories with inspectors, so that we knew about the quality of the school’s work to support pupils.”
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and for the supportive nature of your responses. Your continued support of the college is very much appreciated.
There will be an opportunity for you to discuss the report in greater detail with me, and to ask any questions you may have, at the parents’ forum meeting on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 6pm.
Mr Ian Wingfield