Re. Monitoring Inspection 20 November 2018
The Academy was subject to a Section 8 monitoring inspection recently and I am pleased with the report that we have received back. The inspection was conducted by Deborah Mosley HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector). The report clearly shows that we are taking firm and effective action to improve our Academy. It clearly recognises that we have made progress and improved, and that we need to continue embedding the strategies we have put in place. Some of the key findings in the report letter addressed to me are summarised as follows:
· Senior leaders and the trust are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection
· As headteacher, you provide effective leadership. You are determined to improve the quality of education to support pupils to achieve their best. You hold pupils’ interests at the heart of all you do.
· At all levels, leadership is a strength of the school
· The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved across the school, including in mathematics and science
· Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and set challenging activities
· In 2018, overall progress improved and was similar to the national average
· Disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes have improved greatly. There is now very little difference in the progress made by disadvantaged pupils and that of other pupils.
· The use of fixed-term exclusions has reduced significantly. The number of days of exclusions has halved since the previous inspection.
· To complement the work to manage pupils’ behaviour, you have also placed great emphasis on celebrating and rewarding pupils’ successes
· The trust has provided effective support in improving all aspects of the school
Whilst delighted with the findings we will not be resting on our laurels and will continue with the hard work that is clearly having a positive impact as recognised in the report.
Ofsted Inspection 12-13 March 2019
“For the first time in its history Kingswood has been rated by Ofsted as Good in all categories. The full report is attached below’. We are delighted with this official recognition of the hard work students, staff and parents continue to put in on our improvement journey. Thank you. Principal
Remote Covid 19 Education Visit 1 December 2020
"From this visit, inspectors noted that:
Since the start of term, about a half of all pupils have needed to isolate at home at some point due to COVID-19. At the time of the visit, pupils in the Year 7 ‘bubble’ were isolating.
All pupils in Years 7 and 8 are following the school’s usual range of subjects. Pupils are receiving extra support with reading, writing and mathematics where needed.
Leaders have made changes to the content of some subjects and have prioritised key areas of learning. For example, there has been a greater focus on emotional well-being and mental health in the personal development curriculum.
Teachers have assessed pupils’ learning in all subjects. They are using this information to modify their curriculum plans. For example, in English, Year 11 pupils are currently focusing their learning on Shakespeare’s play, ‘Macbeth’.
Pupils in Years 9 to 13 are studying all of their examination courses.
Leaders have plans to return to the school’s usual curriculum by summer 2021. These include increasing access to specialist teaching rooms for all classes.
Leaders are continuing to develop resources for delivering remote education. These include a mixture of online lessons and resources as well as packs of books and paper-based materials. Leaders are planning to provide equipment 3 for some pupils who do not have access to electronic devices. Pupils who are isolating follow the same curriculum as their peers in school."
The complete letter is attached below.
Please see the full report attached below which I would encourage you to read. It will also be available shortly on the Ofsted website.
Ofsted Parent View
Ofsted Parent View is an online survey that allows parents to give their views about their child’s school. Parents can complete the survey at any time. By ‘parents’, we mean any person with parental responsibility for a child at the school.
Ofsted Parent View is also the main mechanism for parents to give their views to inspectors at the time of a school inspection.