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Ofsted inspection May 2011 – letter to students and pupils from the lead Inspector

Thank you very much for looking after us when we came to inspect your school recently. You were really friendly and very helpful when we asked you questions or we needed to be pointed in the right direction. Your warm welcome matched the bright sunshine when we arrived. However, we finished the inspection in a huge storm (do you remember it?) − the first real rain for many weeks. During the storm, we fed back to senior staff that your school is good and improving. It is a great community and you contribute excellently to it. The school cares for you very well. Teaching is good and helps you to gain useful qualifications from a good range of options at Key Stage 4. You also develop really good personal skills. Hence you are ready, by the time you leave the school, for further education or a job.

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Thank you very much for looking after us when we came to inspect your school recently. You were really friendly and very helpful when we asked you questions or we needed to be pointed in the right direction. Your warm welcome matched the bright sunshine when we arrived. However, we finished the inspection in a huge storm (do you remember it?) − the first real rain for many weeks. During the storm, we fed back to senior staff that your school is good and improving. It is a great community and you contribute excellently to it. The school cares for you very well. Teaching is good and helps you to gain useful qualifications from a good range of options at Key Stage 4. You also develop really good personal skills. Hence you are ready, by the time you leave the school, for further education or a job.

For those of you in Years 1 to 6, things are a bit different from the rest of the school. Teaching and the curriculum have improved for you too. We could see you like your lessons as well as the visits out and clubs. However, there is more for the school to do to bring Key Stages 1 and 2 up to the same standard as the secondary phase and the Early Years. This is nothing for you to worry about; your teachers are working hard at this and you can help them by working hard in lessons and doing your best.

We made some suggestions to help the school to get better still. These are:

  • improve the level of expertise about primary teaching amongst the senior school staff and governors, so that they can help make the lessons and the curriculum even better for you
  • across the whole school, help the teaching assistants to be even clearer about how they are helping you learn, and support the teachers in providing work which is at just the right level for each of you.

 Finally, for those who looked at my name badge and asked me this, I am afraid I do not know the Queen personally. But I am glad I came to know some of you instead and wish all of you well for the future!

Yours sincerely
Robin Hammerton Her Majesty's Inspector