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Ofsted

I have pleasure in attaching the report of our most recent OFSTED inspection which took place on 14th and 15th June 2016 (please see attachment).

Under the new OFSTED arrangements and as a school already designated ‘Good’, Inspectors initially plan a one day visit and will only come back for a second day if they think there might be a grade change. We were confident that we had maintained our Good school status, so when they informed us they would be staying for a second day we were hopeful that we might be in with a chance to gain an Outstanding judgement. Although they found lots to celebrate, we unfortunately didn’t quite cross the line into Outstanding, although we were close in all categories.

We were, however, still very pleased to maintain a Good rating, especially as the criteria to gain Good has been made more difficult since the last inspection. Please take time to read the report in full.

A few highlights for me and the staff revolve around:

the substantial improvements in exam results at all levels …. "Pupils enter the school with below-average levels of achievement and by the end of Year 11, pupils’ outcomes are above national averages" …. "In the 2015 examinations, the proportion of Year 11 pupils attaining the important standard of five A*-C GCSE grades, including in English and Mathematics, was above the national average. This represents strong achievement and is a significant improvement over three years". In the Sixth Form … "students passed all of their courses, both academic and vocational"

the outstanding work the school does in promoting personal development and welfare ……the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils told inspectors they feel safe in school and know who to turn to if they have a concern. Staff in the school show a relentless determination to help every pupil overcome difficulties they face"

behaviour, which was rated as very good … "The behaviour of pupils is very good. Pupils enjoy school, have a positive attitude to learning and behave well in classrooms and around the school"

And, that the children are very polite and get on well with each other and adults …"Pupils are polite and respectful to each other, staff and visitors and forge strongly positive relationships with their teachers and each other"

The items that need improving are:

 how we measure the impact of the amazing hard work by staff;

 to improve still further academic grades in the sixth form and

 to improve consistency across the school in the quality of teaching

We will of course push on with these and other items the school has identified itself.

I would like to express my absolute pride and thanks, not only to staff but in particular to the students who were magnificent over the 2 days, showing great pride in being at Thomas Aveling … "Pupils are proud of their school. They enjoy coming to school and participate well in the extensive range of opportunities to develop socially and personally" and the fact that Inspectors believe we are on the right track toward further improvements "Throughout the school, leaders are working hard to drive improvement" and, in the Sixth Form "Leaders have high expectations of the Sixth Form. The school’s current performance information indicates that progress in academic subjects is improving".

I would also like also to thank all of you who responded to the OFSTED questionnaire "Nine out of ten parents who responded to the online survey Parent View would recommend the school to other parents" …"Virtually all parents who contributed to the online Parent View questionnaire said they feel their children are safe in school" …"most parents who responded to the Parent View survey felt their child received appropriate homework for their age"

Paul Jackson

Headteacher