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We are a GOOD school and retained this rating following an inspection in 2018:
Leaders and staff ensure that respect and tolerance are threaded through all aspects of school life. A calm and caring ethos permeates the school, built on values such as politeness, participation and perseverance. These values are understood and appreciated by pupils, and contribute to their positive attitudes to school and each other.
You and your team have implemented a number of new approaches, including a new behaviour policy to reduce low-level disruption in lessons. This has had a positive impact and pupils are clear about what behaviours are expected of them.
Pupils are safe, feel safe and are taught how to keep themselves safe. Those in need of additional help and support are well catered for in the school’s ‘Renaissance Centre’.
At the heart of your approach is the drive to improve the quality of teaching to ensure that all pupils are appropriately challenged. This approach is having a positive impact on the quality of pupils’ learning. Teaching challenges pupils to think hard and aim high. This is particularly the case where teachers model subject-specific language and expect pupils to use this language precisely when talking about their learning.
Ofsted Report 2018
Highlights from our Ofsted report in 2015:
- Outstanding leadership and management at all levels have propelled the academy forward. This is because there is a sharp focus on raising standards through high quality teaching. Staff demonstrate commitment to leaders’ vision for improvement.
- The academy’s work to keep students safe is exemplary. The well-being of students, including provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is paramount to their learning. As a result, well-thought-out approaches to supporting them mean they are prepared for learning and achieving well.
- Achievement in the GCSE examinations and sixth form is good. Most students are making rapid progress, with disadvantaged students exceeding the standard expected nationally and performing as well as their peers.
- Behaviour is mostly good and students apply themselves to their work primarily because they believe in and apply the Petchey Way, ‘If I think I can…I can. Students therefore demonstrate resilience and a ‘can do’ approach as they strive to achieve well.
- A combination of good-quality teaching, a broad and innovative curriculum and enhanced activities to accelerate learning leads to students achieving well.
- The sixth form is very well led. Regardless of their starting points, students thrive in The University Gateway. This results in most moving on to higher education, with an increasing number entering the Russell Group universities.
- The governing body is skilful and its approach to strategic management means that the governors do not stand still; forward planning and challenging staff underpins their work.
Ofsted Report 2015