Ofsted - July 201721 July 2017
We were very pleased to invite Ofsted Inspectors back into the school at the beginning of July. The report is positive in that it identifies that progress is being made. The full report will be available on the Ofsted website in September but we are pleased to be able to share it now - please click this link to open it /repository/documents/Forest%20High%20School%2010011590%20PDF%20Final.pdf
Here are some of the highlights from the report:
- The new headteacher has acted astutely and quickly … secured the confidence of the staff … raising the[ir]expectations.
- The leadership of teaching has become more effective.
- Good practice [is] being shared within the school.
- Senior leaders have had some success in building links with local primary schools. For example, 280 Year 4 and Year 5 pupils recently visited the school to experience activities in science, technology and mathematics.
- The school has been successful in recruiting more local people to the governing body.
- Effective mechanisms now exist to ensure that governors challenge and support senior leaders to increase the pace of improvement.
- The arrangements for keeping pupils safe are effective. Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe at school. [There is a] vigilant safeguarding culture.
- The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved. Teachers’ expectations are higher.
- Pupils are polite, friendly and courteous … open and honest.
- Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities … are developing their knowledge and understanding more quickly.
Kevin Hamblin, CEO of SGSAT said “We are delighted to read that the Inspectors acknowledged the Trust’s commitment to The Forest High School community.”