Ofsted (April 2016)
26th May 2016
Following our Ofsted inspection at the end of April, we have at last received our report, and I am delighted to say that they have agreed that Hinchingbrooke School has improved significantly since the last inspection and is now GOOD across all judgement areas.
Firstly, I would like to say that your children were a credit to you and to Hinchingbrooke School. Their positive attitudes, progress and achievement, great behaviour, and their obvious pride in their school were all commented on favourably by the inspectors, as was the leadership they give through the school councils and clubs. They know how to stay safe and our work to promote safety, including on line safety, was described as very thorough.
“Pupils are well prepared to be the next generation of adults in modern Britain.”
“Pupils have positive attitudes to learning ….their conduct around the school is good and often exemplary.” “Most pupils conduct themselves impeccably and walk around the large school estate sensibly and considerately. They move through corridors calmly…..”
“Pupils care for each other and their community”; “Pupils value their education and most take responsibility for their conduct. “Achievement has improved sharply……results in English, Mathematics and Humanities are particularly strong.”
“There has been a marked improvement in provision and outcomes since the last inspection.”
“The quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection and, where substantive staff are in post, is consistently good and often outstanding.”
“The senior leaders have carefully steered the school’s improvement and strengthened teaching.” “Teaching is particularly strong in English, Mathematics and Humanities subjects as well as in Music and Art.”
“The most-able pupils achieve well, particularly in English and mathematics …….the school’s work to promote pupils’ independence and resilience prepares the most able pupils particularly well for the next phase of their education.”
The Sixth Form came in for praise too. All of the teaching for the Sixth Form was strong and the report praised staff who “…use their thorough understanding of subjects and the examination syllabus to plan effective lessons.” Sixth Form learners are “happy, courteous and responsible” and were praised for their contribution to running school committees and clubs and for their charity work. Sixth Form leaders “set high targets and expectations are raised about what learners need to do to achieve high standards.”
I was particularly pleased that the success of our ‘Gateway School’, which provides alternative provision for our most vulnerable students, was recognised as valuable and strong.
Virtually all departments came in for praise and even in the areas where it is proving difficult to recruit (Science and MFL) and where progress has therefore been somewhat slower, Ofsted nevertheless have recognised the improvements we have been able to make over the last two years.
I would like to thank staff, governors and students for their hard work in achieving these improvements. I would also like to thank you the parents for your support. There is still more to do, if we are to achieve the ‘outstanding’ judgement that I know we can. Being recognised as ‘good across the board’ provides a welcome acknowledgement for everyone’s hard work and a great platform from which to achieve even higher standards.
As always, we are keen to hear about any areas where we can improve and I will be discussing with staff and governors how we can act on this feedback in the most effective way for our students.
In the meantime if you have any comments or questions on the Ofsted report, do please get in touch.
The full report can be found attached below or on the Ofsted website from 8th June at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk
The next parents’ forum is on 7th June at 7.00p.m. and this will be an opportunity to discuss the Ofsted feedback in greater detail with you, and also to seek your views on how we can get more parents to engage actively with the school. Details of the meeting will come out on parent mail as usual and appear on our website.