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Ofsted Information & Reports

OFSTED Action Plan 2016

Below is our response to the aspects of the school raised by OFSTED following their inspection of the school in December 2015. The Action Plan had been drawn up by the Senior Leadership Team, and has been approved by the Governors Working Group. In drawing up the Action Plan we have received advice from both the Borough of Poole and from an external consultant commissioned by the Department for Education.

We will be providing members of the school community with updates as we put this plan into action.

A J Baker

OFSTED Inspection 1/2 December 2015

The inspection report has now been published. As you will see, the school has been graded ‘Requires Improvement’. The inspection was triggered by variation in the results achieved in certain subject areas over the last two years. The inspectors feel that there was underachievement in English and the Sciences at GCSE, and in some A level subjects. Information gathered during the inspection identified areas of inconsistency in both teaching and the assessment of student work.

As a school we have accepted the key findings of the inspection. The inspectors have given the school a list of action points which will help us bring about rapid improvement and given that we were already working on some of these areas, we welcome the action points that have been identified. Our immediate aim has always been to improve our 2016 results in a number of key areas. We will be receiving visits from Her Majesty’s Inspectors in order to monitor our progress, and we hope that this will lead to an early re-inspection and a revision of this judgment. We will provide parents/carers with detail from our Action Plan when it has been approved.

Despite the findings of the inspection, most students at Poole Grammar School make progress in excess of that expected nationally and ahead of that predicted on the basis of their attainment levels on entry. We recently received our Raiseonline Report from OFSTED based on our 2015 GCSE results, and this showed that the ‘value added’ by the year group as a whole was significantly above the national average. It placed us at the 38th percentile nationally (in other words, 37% of schools delivered better value added, and 62% added less value). The progress students made in many subjects compares well with other schools. At A and AS level, progress overall puts us in line with the top 25% of schools nationally.

We accept that in some areas our students need to be doing better. Our aim is to eradicate inconsistency in teaching and particularly assessment. All our students deserve the best opportunity to achieve their full potential academically, and we will continue to work hard to make sure this happens.

We are delighted that the inspectors said so many positive things about the school – they recognised our excellent pastoral care and the work we do to provide a rounded education for our students. The inspectors heaped much praise on our students, whom they found to be very good learners who respond brilliantly to stimulating teaching, and who hold very well established community values. I am very grateful for their support during the inspection, and to those parents who gave their views through Parentview. The staff and Governors are remaining united in response to the inspection report, and I can assure all members of the school community that we will be working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for your sons.

A.J. Baker
Headteacher

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