5th April 2019

Exams, Coachbright and Ofsted

It has been a busy week here at ASAP.  As we count down to the Easter break, students have been working hard.  In particular, Year 11 have been completing GCSE exams in Art, Photography and Modern Foreign Languages.  This has marked the formal start of the examination season, which will continue after the break.  This is an important time for Year 11, as they take their final opportunity to show what they have worked so hard for and learnt over 11 years of school.  At the same time, these students are all meeting with members of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their career plans and prepare for life after All Saints.

Coachbright staff have been brilliant in also helping Year 11s prepare for exams and future plans. Students have been attending each study session with their university coach and have had a hugely positive reaction.  Coaches commented that they’ve been really pleased and excited to have seen clear progress in terms of confidence from learners.  Feedback from some of the coaches is as follows:

Jack’s Coach: ‘It was extremely gratifying to see Jack pick up on themes by himself, and engage with the text in a truly profound way. Jack is very obviously capable, and it was very rewarding to see him developing new skills and honing existing ones today.’

Millie’s Coach: ‘Millie always tries her hardest to be engaged with the lesson. She contributes so well to the conversation. Such a fab young lady.’

Some other comments we received from our students at the end of their session included: ‘Best lesson I’ve had so far. I learnt a lot of new things and it was really helpful’ and ‘It was really fun. We also get feedback scores out of 7 each week and this week we got a 6.6/7 average which is fantastic!

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we had a visit from Ofsted.  The two inspectors that visited praised highly the students and staff for the improvements made since the last visit in December.  In particular, inspectors commented on how good behaviour was across the school, which was calm and orderly at all times.  They also talked about the improvements around the work we have been doing across the curriculum and ensuring what happens in the classroom is of the best quality.  The full letter from the visit will be available after Easter, which I will share with you as soon as it is published.  I am very proud to be the Headteacher of such a rapidly improving school.

Do have a peaceful Easter and I look forward to welcoming all students back on Tuesday 23 April at the usual time.

Best wishes,

Lee Sargeant

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