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Ofsted 2011

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Headteacher's Response To The 2011 Report

You may recall the article below, published in the Cornishman when I started in September 2008.

Cornishman article Sept 2008

I spoke then about the ‘atmosphere of positive anticipation’ amongst staff and students and my personal target of achieving recognition as an ‘Outstanding School’ within five years. Some cast doubt at the time, but I am delighted that our OfSTED inspection team have recognised the fantastic progress made and the quality of provision that now exists here at the school.

The overall judgement of “Good” with many areas judged to be “Outstanding” is a fantastic achievement just three years into our journey. I have spoken many times how proud I am to be the Headteacher of a school with such a rich heritage and long-standing well deserved reputation for its caring approach and an ethos which encourages, supports and develops students of all abilities; I have never been more proud of the staff, students and governors. But of course none of the progress we have made would have been possible without the challenge and tremendous support of our parents and carers. To each and every one of you, a huge “Thank you!”

The inspection team were stunned on the first day when they received a return of almost 63% of parental questionnaires, sharing that their usual experience was between 14 and 20% and were overwhelmed by the number of positive comments from the local community. With each inspector visiting up to one hundred schools every year we can be confident in their opinion and judgement.

For your reference, I have attached below a copy of the letter addressed to students from the lead inspector, Andrew Redpath, HMI; it is a good summary of the inspection findings. However, a full copy of the report is also available below or a printed copy is available from school reception.

Key highlights quoted from the report include:
• Staff at all levels share a strong commitment to raising standards.
• Transition arrangements for when students join or leave the school are excellent.
• The school has worked successfully to ensure the most capable students gain the highest grade GCSE passes.
• High expectations and a focus on matching activities closely to students’ individual needs ensure that learning and progress in lessons are good.
• Students behave well and they are enthusiastic ambassadors for their school.
• Parents and carers hold overwhelmingly positive views about the school’s work. They are particularly pleased with how well the school keeps children safe and the good quality of teaching.

I remain as committed as I did when I first started and our target is to ensure we are outstanding in all areas of our work within two years. I look forward to working with you and achieving this together.

Bill Marshall
Headteacher - Humphry Davy School