Message from Sarah Diggle, Chair of Governors, and Doug Pettitt, Head Teacher
Ofsted, the national school inspectors, visited Kingsmeadow at the end of April. The inspectors have written a report on their assessment of the school.
School inspectors use the GCSE results as the core of their inspection so our inspectors were using information that is now nearly a year old! They find that these results ‘require improvement’, but we are pleased that their report also describes the school’s strengths, particularly in the behaviour and safety of students. We know that students’ academic achievement needs to be better in comparison with national results and staff are working hard to achieve this.
During the last few years senior leaders have led the school through some significant changes and improvements to keep ahead of major changes made by the Government in the curriculum and in the exam system. While doing this, they have made the school an exciting place to be, where students enjoy many activities and experiences, and are prepared well for their life after school. Last year all Kingsmeadow students who left school went on to university, college or training; this is a very good record.
Here are some of the inspectors’ positive findings about Kingsmeadow:
“Systems to keep pupils safe are strong.”
“Pupils are proud of their school. They are smartly dressed and are respectful towards staff and visitors.”
“Leaders’ recent actions to improve assessment systems are beginning to bear fruit. Consequently, there are green shoots of improvement.”
“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well through the many opportunities they have to experience learning outside of the classroom.”
“The school’s work and its ethos of ‘tolerance and respect’ contributes significantly to the pupils feeling safe and valued at school.”
“The quality of teaching for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is securing good outcomes for this group of pupils.”
“In English and mathematics, achievement is beginning to improve.”
“Pupils who enter the school below the expected standard are well supported and are now making good progress.”
Governors will now work with senior leaders to draw up an action plan in response to the Ofsted inspection. We will seek external advice on how to improve further the achievement of students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, as recommended by the inspectors.
We are very proud of Kingsmeadow, its leaders, its staff and its students. Governors and senior leaders will continue to ensure that students’ success, safety and wellbeing are at the heart of everything the school does.
You can read the Ofsted inspection report here.