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July 2013

Strengths identified in the report were:

  •  The leadership team, led strongly by the headteacher, has made a significant difference to the school in driving up standards and improving teaching and noteworthy improvements have been made since the previous inspection.
  • Progress and the grades students get at the end of their English GCSE course are excellent and significantly above the national average.
  • The quality of teaching in English is consistently good or better.
  • Students who are at risk of not doing as well as they should are supported and encouraged well at the school. Students say they feel safe.
  • Behaviour in the school is good; students are polite, well–mannered and well prepared for their learning. The relationships between students are respectful and supportive. Students speak highly of their teachers; there is a strong sense of community in the school.

Areas for Improvement :

Some teaching in mathematics requires improvement and is not yet consistently good enough to secure good achievement for all students. Last year, progress in mathematics was not as good as we would have liked it to be for more-able students but our projections moving forwards suggest this is improving.

The school’s strategies to develop literacy and numeracy and a culture of reading are still at their early stages and need to be further embedded. Overall, the quality of teaching is improving and much is good or better, but there is still some inconsistency. Teachers need to work to give more time in lessons for students to think and make improvements to their work once it has been marked. Achievement in science over time has been significantly below average, although the leadership team has taken swift action to address this and improvements have been made.

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