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In September 2014, OFSTED carried out a Section 5 inspection. The school was assessed as having a grade of 2 – Good. OFSTED inspectors found the following positive aspects:
• Students achieve well throughout the school
• Students make good progress, including in English and mathematics.
• Sixth form provision is good. The students make good progress.
• The quality of teaching is good at all three key stages. Students’ good understanding of the purpose of learning and challenging questioning result in their good progress.
• Students interact well, contributing to a supportive and happy environment in which they learn and develop as responsible young people.
• The students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good in all three key stages.
• Students’ behaviour is good. Students feel safe in school and have a comprehensive understanding of potential dangers and how to avoid them.
• Governance is good. The governors know the achievement of different groups of students and where teaching is effective and less effective.
The inspection team identified the following areas the school needs to work on:
• The teachers’ performance targets are not sufficiently challenging or measurable, nor do they always match closely the school’s priorities, to drive teaching and achievement forward as quickly as possible.
• Reports do not provide sufficient information and detail about what students know, understand and can do, and their progress towards their targets.
• Although some marking is excellent, too often it does not tell students specifically enough what they have learned well and what they should do next. Teachers do not ensure that students act on any advice given.