Inspection Bulletin

Dear Parent or Carer

I have received the inspection letter and report following the recent monitoring visit on 5th and 6th November. I am pleased to say that the Lead Inspector, Sarah Hubbard, concluded that "Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures".

Some of the positives noted were:

  • students’ achievement is improving
  • teaching is improving, in particular at KS4 and 5
  • students’ behaviour is generally good, both in lessons and at social times of the day
  • there is clarity about the key priorities continuing to move the school forward

I know many parents are interested in when the school will be ‘regraded’. The system for this has changed slightly recently and the expectation is that any school will be fully re-inspected between 18 to 24 months of the original inspection. This would mean between April and October 2015. I was able to have constructive conversations with the inspector about further development, which have informed the next stage of our school improvement plan.

I am delighted that our continuing improvement has been recognised. Regardless of the inspection process, we will continue to improve and build upon this year’s best ever GCSE results. I would like to thank students, staff and governors for all of their efforts and parents for their continuing support. By continuing to work together I am positive that we will create a truly excellent school.

Yours sincerely

Mr R Shadbolt, Headteacher