Ofsted Report


Please find below a PDF copy of our recent Ofsted report for your perusal.  As Headmaster I am delighted with the outcome of this first report.  At this stage in the school’s development, to have been awarded a grade of ‘Good with Outstanding Features’ is very pleasing.  It provides a glowing account of the achievements of the first two terms.

May I take this further opportunity to thank parents for their feedback through the online survey.  The inspector noted the overwhelmingly positive nature of this and the 100% recommendation of the school.

Clearly, a school that has only opened in September 2013 limits the Ofsted inspectors’ scope and it is our intention to achieve more ‘Outstanding’ grades when the next inspection occurs.  These are the highest grades attainable at this phase of a school’s development.  We value the guidance given by the inspectors, which will help us achieve this objective.

The report highlights that all students are achieving well, including the able and less able.  The school is meeting or exceeding our expectations.  Within the curriculum, the broad and balanced content is highlighted.  The curriculum report, focussing on literacy and numeracy, indicates that students are doing especially well in Mathematics.  In English, the analytical and creative aspects of the teaching are recognised, and the literacy programme is acknowledged as being effective in helping students build self-confidence.  The IS course also receives recognition for its content and effective approach.

Our teaching is noted for the subject knowledge of the staff and that our expectations are high.  The behaviour and safety of our students is graded ‘Outstanding’.  This is attributed to our strong ethos and the promotion of tolerance and understanding.  The courtesy and thoughtfulness of our students is also worthy of special note and our students are praised as enthusiastic learners.

Our ambitions for the school are recognised, with the report pointing out that our “ambitious vision and relentless drive have established a school that promotes the highest standards and aims for excellent achievements for its students”.  I must thank all our staff for their tirelessness and enthusiasm this year.

The inspectors are limited to a very precise vocabulary when writing their reports.  The verbal feedback, not published in the report, gives me cause for great confidence.  The lead inspector described the school as “stonking”, commenting that what had been achieved in such a short space of time was “remarkable and amazing.”

Mark Hudson

Headmaster, Kew House School