4th October 2019

The HT Blog is live: Ofsted, Sport and the Garden

This week has gone incredibly quickly and has been very busy.  On Monday I received a call from Ofsted to say they were visiting our school over the next two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).  This was expected and we have been preparing for this, for some time.  Inspectors saw a number of lessons, talked to students and staff, as well as myself.  We used this as an opportunity to showcase what we have been working on for the past few years and I am pleased to report that the positives were recognised.  Whilst I cannot share inspection judgements with you yet, I can confirm that the school has made significant improvements and was described by inspectors as ‘transformational’, in the work we have done, over the past year.  The report will be shared with you as soon as it is published.  Parent, student and staff feedback through the Ofsted surveys was overwhelmingly positive and recognised the huge shift in improvements at the school.  We are now all ready to continue with our improvement journey to make this a great school for our students and the community and I am proud to be a part of this.


In other news, last Thursday, our Year 7’s had the opportunity to put their learning from lessons into action. Despite being relatively new to Rugby, the boys showed the confidence to compete in the Plymouth Schools Central Venue League. This week, they played Marine Academy and Stoke Damerel in keenly fought fixtures. Students were coached in the games to develop their knowledge of the rules and understanding of the game. Well done to the boys and we look forward to the upcoming games.


Well done all those students who have attended clubs over the past few weeks. It is great to see a resurgence in numbers at Rugby, Basketball, Girls Football and Netball. All students are invited. Our students have been entered in several competitions and it was great to see the year 9 and 10 girls playing netball recently. Finally, well done to the six year 9 boys who represented the school in the Plymouth Schoolboys’ trial last Friday. You can find more about clubs on our website to take part in.


Also, we were delighted to hear of ex-student Cameron Callicott’s success in representing the Plymouth Albion Colleges’ team this week. Cameron’s team beat Kingston Maurwood College in Dorchester 48-36. Cameron is a role model for our students to aspire to, not only in his sporting performance but his attitude towards life and education.  Well done Cameron.


Finally, the garden project is coming to an end for this season, and we are harvesting the vegetables that have been grown.  Well done to all and enjoy eating the produce!



Until next week,

Lee Sargeant

Heads Blog