THS praised for good quality of education
Tiverton High School has been praised for its good quality of education, effective safeguarding, and focus on inclusivity following a thorough Ofsted inspection last month.
Three Ofsted inspectors visited the school on 23 January for an interim inspection, as well as Paul Williams, a Senior Her Majesties Inspector (HMI) who attended for quality assurance. In the official report released today (Tuesday 26 February), Ofsted confirms that Tiverton High School will maintain its ‘good’ status.
In the report, Ofsted highlighted the effective safeguarding procedures in place, and praised staff and Governors for creating a ‘caring community that keeps pupils safe and well looked after.’ It was also noted that there is a strong sense of common purpose in the school, with concern for individuals a ‘striking feature’ of the school’s leadership.
Improvements to the curriculum were also highlighted, with an emphasis on the school meeting the needs of all pupils. The report states that ‘aspirations are raised’ as students are challenged more often, and new vocational courses offer more choice for students. The school has also worked hard to ensure it is bridging the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, resulting in a noticeable improvement in both achievement and attendance.
The report also focused on the strong quality of teaching, and noted how the development and training of staff had impacted the progress made by pupils across the school. In particular, the report stated that ‘teacher’s feedback helps pupils to progress more quickly’ and that ‘pupils learn quickly when teachers have high expectations and work hard to meet their individual needs.’
In the letter, addressed to Tiverton High School Headteacher Sammy Crook, Lead Inspector Richard Steward writes: “Since your appointment in 2016, you and your leadership team have worked hard to ensure that the school continues to improve. You have a detailed and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and a real determination to drive up standards for all pupils. You have established a positive and optimistic culture, which is appreciated by staff and pupils alike.”
Mrs Crook adds: “It has been a priority for me to ensure that all of our students are given a safe and supportive environment to learn in, supported by quality teaching that understands each young person as an individual, with different learning needs. I’m incredibly proud that the Ofsted report reflects these values, which is to the credit of all our committed members of staff and our fantastic students.
“These values have been echoed across The Federation of Tiverton Schools, which was also highlighted in Rackenford Primary’s ‘good’ Ofsted report at the beginning of the autumn term 2018.
The Federation of Tiverton Schools is collectively made up of Tiverton High School, Rackenford Primary School, and Heathcoat Primary School. Working together, the schools can improve the opportunities and outcomes for all children and young people in the local community, supporting each other to ensure all students get the very best out of their education.
The full report is available to view here.