9th September 2016
As you know, there was an Ofsted inspection in our school late in the summer term. The inspection found many strengths which include:
- Personal development of pupils, and promotion of British values
- Safety of pupils, including the support offered to pupils with emotional difficulties
- Notable improvement in progress in mathematics
- A high proportion of students leaving the school move into education, training or employment
- The program of professional development to improve teaching and the support for newly qualified teachers
- Staff are very supportive of the school and feel valued and supported
- Strong governance
The full Ofsted report and the schools response can be accessed via the links at the bottom of this page.
Overall the school was recognised as making improvement, however the improvement is not fast enough to warrant a Good rating. As this is the third Ofsted inspection without a Good rating we are automatically rated as Inadequate and are put into Special Measures. Obviously everyone is very disappointed about this judgement, as the school has made real improvement since the last inspection in 2014. We are really pleased that the school recorded a positive Progress 8 score in 2016 which means that the students who left this summer made the progress expected of them over five years. Even more pleasing is our Year 10 exam results, which indicate that students are making progress which exceeds national averages in the subjects they have been examined in thus far. For example, 74% of Year 10 students achieved a grade C or better in their Core Science exam in 2016. This gives us confidence that the trajectory of performance is improving rapidly.
Despite the disappointing outcome from the inspection, there are a lot of positive and exciting things to look forward to. The first and most important outcome of the Ofsted inspection is that Stanley High School will become an Academy. This is the rule for all schools in our circumstance, and we will be assigned a sponsor school to join us as part of a Multi-Academy Trust.
I would like to stress that this is a new and exciting chapter in the history of our school. Although some elements remain uncertain at the moment, I am confident that with the support of everyone; our pupils, teachers, support staff, parents, carers and governors, we will make our school emerge stronger and better than before.
Throughout this whole process I want to be as transparent as possible and look for your support and energy as our school embarks on this new adventure. As and when more information becomes available I will update you promptly.
Chair of Governors