Ofsted Report an ‘Opportunity to Improve’ – All Saints C of E School, Weymouth
All Saints School, Weymouth has responded to a challenging Ofsted report by saying it represents an opportunity to enable the school to make further changes to secure improvements.
All Saints School received a ‘requires improvement’ report in a February Ofsted inspection, having previously been rated as ‘good’ in 2013. The report also noted many strengths in the school, including the work of the Headteacher in gaining the confidence of the community, pupil wellbeing, and good teaching quality and pupil progress in a range of subjects.
Head Teacher of All Saints School, Kevin Broadway, said:
“It is tough to receive a ‘requires improvement’ inspection report, but we will use this as an opportunity to improve the education received by all our pupils, by working on the areas it identifies and building on our strengths.”
“We were pleased to receive praise from Ofsted for good teaching and excellent progress in a number of subjects, and in particular for how the attendance of disadvantaged pupils has improved. Ofsted says that our pupils are safe, well-cared for, well-mannered, well-supported and have many opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
“We do feel that the government’s new ‘Progress 8’ targets, and the way they were introduced after last year’s Year 11 had chosen their options, meant that we had not ‘maximised’ our score for the new system.”
“Nonetheless, I reiterate that we will take this report on the chin as it has given us clear indications on where we need to focus our work to give all of our pupils the best possible education.”
Chair of Governors at All Saints School and Archdeacon of Sherborne, Venerable Paul Taylor, said:
“This is a challenging report for us, but we will act on the findings and continue to drive up standards.”
“Kevin Broadway was appointed as a new Headteacher in January 2016 and the report notes how he has gained the confidence of staff and parents, and is motivating both staff and parents to higher levels of achievement. We are confident that under his leadership, All Saints will be a continually improving school.”
“96% of our parents would recommend the school to another parent. Ofsted noted a vast array of positives in the school, from how well-mannered our pupils are to how virtually all go on to further education, employment or training. We will now work to ensure that every aspect of school life reflects the quality of the strongest parts.”