This outstanding school is a very happy learning community. Since its last inspection, it has built on its strengths and further improved the quality of education and care for its students. Self-evalutation is highly effective, giving leaders an extremely good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Senior leaders have very high expectations for the students and this ambition is conveyed to and shared by all staff and the governing body. As a result of these shared aspirations, an exceptionally clear vision for the school’s future and leaders’ record of sustaining improvement, the school has an outstanding capacity to improve further.
Students enjoy coming to school and make good progress in their learning and outstanding progress in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is as a result of the effective teaching and of the excellent care, guidance and support students receive.
Arrangements for safeguarding students are exemplary and students feel safe at all times. They are known very well as individuals and their differing needs are respected and supported.
The excellent curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities which engage and motivate students.
The rich curriculum provides excellent opportunities for students’ learning and personal development and for them to enjoy a variety of exciting experiences. Information and communication technology and other stimulating resources enhance learning consistently well. Varied programmes engage students’ interest and support their different learning needs highly effectively. This is evident, for example, in the social and communication programmes, have been developed for students with autistic spectrum conditions these are also of benefit to other students .
An extensive range of enrichment activities include highly motivating visits into the community combined with visiting speakers delivering aspects of the curriculum that are linked closely to the topics students are studying. Where it is appropriate, the school encourages the inclusion of parents and carers in these sessions.