We have now reached the end of a busy first half term here at the Academy. It has flown by and pupils have made an excellent start to the academic year.
I can now share with you the outcomes of the most recent Ofsted inspection. The first thing to note is that due to significant improvements, the school is no longer judged as inadequate or requires special measures. Some highlights from the report are that inspectors recognised that:
- The school has improved quickly over the last 12 months.
- Pupils believe being in mixed-age houses is like being part of a family. They feel safe and well looked after.
- [the school is a] calm, safe and purposeful workplace for pupils and staff.
- Senior leaders are ambitious for pupils.
- Pupils are learning more because they know the precise knowledge required in each subject.
- Pupils show greater enthusiasm for their work.
- New leaders for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) assess and identify pupils’ additional needs well.
- The headteacher makes sure that every member of staff puts pupils’ safety at the top of their list of priorities. The well-organised and well-led student support services team understands the risks that pupils face. It works alongside staff to provide effective help for pupils at times of greatest need.
These are only some of the highlights from the report. However, we also recognise there is more to be done on our journey to make All Saints an excellent school for all. The inspectors were in no doubt that we are well on our way and doing all of the right things to ensure this becomes a reality. Again, thank you to all the pupils, parents, staff and governors for making this possible.
Last week, some of our key stage 4 students were taken to an aspire conference at West Exe College. The aim of the conference was to give students meaningful encounters with an array of professionals from elite careers. The students heard fascinating accounts from doctors, solicitors, an architect, occupational therapists and many other successful and inspiring professionals. Each speaker explaining the role they play in society and how they achieved their success and overcame their difficulties. Kyle, a year l0 student commented “It was great hearing from so many different professionals about their jobs, I have a lot to think about now”. In the afternoon students were able to choose a workshop that best suited their own interests and aspirations. These ranged from medical science sessions where students were able to get hands on with some life saving skills to talks from Oxford University about what life is really like as a student at a top university. A particularly popular session was led by a TED talk public speaking coach, this session gave our students a wonderful opportunity to develop their own skills of public speaking and practice invaluable techniques for using their body language to impress potential employers or other audiences. Mr Keegan who organised the trip comments “It was a really inspiring day for the students and a great opportunity to spend a whole day thinking about future careers, a really rare and valuable opportunity. Thank you to Mr Keegan for organising the trip.
I wish you a very relaxing and peaceful half term break and look forward to meeting pupils again on 28 October.