What does Ofsted say about the School
The school was last inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) in October 2012.
We are delighted that the school has been graded as outstanding in every aspect in the Ofsted inspection that took place on 16th and 17th October. The inspectors focused on four main areas, covering the achievement of students, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of students, and leadership and management. They awarded the school the highest possible grade in every area, leading to an overall judgement of outstanding.
The report states that 'students make exceptional progress and reach standards in public examinations that are significantly higher than national averages.' Commenting on teaching, it states that 'lessons are routinely lively and interesting, and the work set for students is challenging. Students concentrate hard, are keen to do well, and so make excellent progress during their time at the school.' Behaviour is described as 'typically impeccable', with students showing considerable respect for one another. Leadership and management are also outstanding, with the inspectors commenting that senior staff 'have been conspicuously successful over several years in bringing about very significant increases in students' progress and attainment'. The governing body of the school is also considered to be outstanding, with Ofsted commenting that it is 'fully engaged in setting the direction for the development of the school and overseeing its progress,' and that it is very supportive, whilst at the same time keeping 'well informed and appropriately critical'.
The school was inspected using a new, tougher framework introduced by Ofsted in September of this year, and we are only the eighth school nationally and the first in the Yorkshire and Humberside region to be graded as outstanding. It is a reflection on the dedication of all staff, the commitment and hard work of our students, and the excellent support we receive from parents. It also acknowledges the outstanding contribution made by members of the governing body over a long period of time. It is an achievement of which we can all be proud.