Ofsted – ‘This is a school where pupils and staff thrive’

This is what our Ofsted inspector said following the recent inspection of the school (4-5 February 2020).

Under the current arrangements for the inspection of schools, the only possible outcome of the inspection was that school remains good, because this was a ‘light touch’ inspection.  However the inspectors concluded:

There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now.

This is a great outcome to have achieved and we are proud to have had the school’s successes recognised in this way.  The school will now receive a full (section 5) inspection within the next two years. That will be a fresh inspection, and not influenced by the outcome this time.

For inspectors to say that, ‘This is a school where pupils and staff thrive,’ feels very special.  The positive atmosphere in lessons is described as ‘remarkable’.  Teachers have high expectations of their pupils ‘to think like experts in the different subjects’.  There is recognition of the ‘dedicated pastoral team’.

We are however not complacent.  The Leadership Team were fully involved in the inspection process and we are already refocussing our improvement planning to include what we learnt from the inspection.

We would like to thank all of those whose work, day in, day out, has played a part in this outcome.  We have a fantastic staff team and a knowledgeable, supportive and committed governing body.  Our students are a delight to work with and the support of their parents is invaluable.  We also value the support from our wider community in Henley-on-Thames, south Oxfordshire and north Reading.

Catharine Darnton David Gorsuch
Headteacher Chair of Governors


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