Glowing report under new tougher Ofsted
THE first secondary school in South Gloucestershire to be inspected under the new tougher Ofsted assessment has earned a glowing report.
Patchway Community College has been rated as 'good', an improvement on the 'satisfactory' grade it received in its last inspection by the Government's schools watchdog in 2009.
The school's head teacher Jane Millicent was singled out for praise for "very clear and passionate leadership". Inspectors reported that her leadership ensured "a continuous drive for improvement" supported by "good leadership at all levels."
The report also praised the head teacher's focus on the quality of teaching, which inspectors identified as crucial to the school's success.
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Inspectors added: "Regardless of their starting points, ability or special educational needs, all groups of students make better progress than their peers nationally."
Mrs Millicent said: "This Ofsted judgement is a validation of all the success and progress seen at Patchway over the past few years. Students here make exceptional progress and are given individual attention to make sure each and every one of them fulfils their potential.
"The staff at Patchway are fantastic and work as a committed team to create a high standard of education for the community. I am so pleased that the inspection has also recognised the happy, safe and caring environment which we have created here for our students."
Chairman of the South Gloucestershire Council's children and young people committee Ian Blair said: "This very positive report is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the school's staff and students, who have worked tirelessly to deliver some fantastic results.
"The fact that the school achieved a 'good' grade under the more rigorous Ofsted regime is particularly welcome. Staff, students and parents should feel very proud to be part of Patchway College's success."
The school's sixth form was recognised as "an important aspect of the school's provision" and received high praise, with the report stating: "Students' attainment in the sixth form has improved strongly over the past three years. This is a result of good teaching and the school's collaborative work with other providers."
Sam Scott, a governor at the college and Patchway councillor, said: "These results show that Patchway Community College has been able to deliver a 'good' performance in all areas and is an excellent choice of school for local parents. The college has to work in a difficult physical environment and desperately needs investment in its buildings."
As part of the new inspection system introduced last month, schools are only notified about the assessment the afternoon before it takes place. Under the previous system, schools were warned of an imminent inspection two or three days in advance.
Schools must now be judged as 'good' as a minimum, with the 'satisfactory' grading being changed to 'requires improvement'.
Previously, a school would only be graded as needing to improve if it was given the bottom rating of 'inadequate'.