Ofsted

We were last inspected by Ofsted in March 2017. Inspectors concluded that the Sixth Form is Outstanding and provides an excellent, rounded education for the students.  The range of academic pathways, including the International Baccalaureate and A Levels, gives students the opportunity to keep their options open for the subjects they study, or to specialise more.  The information, advice and guidance provided by the school are highly effective and lead to an outstanding range of destinations to which the students’ progress onto after school.

  • Leadership of the sixth form is highly effective. Leaders ensure that the progress of the students continues from their key stage 4 studies while also building further upon the excellent opportunities to widen their social and organisational knowledge and understanding.
  • The school’s sixth form also continues the high standard of curriculum offer established in key stages 3 and 4. The range of pathways includes A levels, the combined A-level International Baccalaureate route, the International Baccalaureate Career Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma route. In common with the high expectations set for younger pupils, the sixth-form students all study a modern foreign language. The sixth-form routes also ensure that nearly six in ten students study mathematics to a high level.
  • The students are able to participate in a very wide range of activities additional to their courses, including the debating society, organising the Model United Nations sessions for Year 10 pupils, the international affairs network and being members of the creativity, action, service (CAS) groups and committees which focus on fundraising for the school’s partner charities. Participation in these groups is high and this supports the further development of the students into being confident, outward-looking young people able to organise themselves and others in a variety of contexts.
  • The students’ progress on A-level and International Baccalaureate routes has improved consistently in the last few years. The progress in most subjects at A2 and equivalent is above average or improving, with the exception of English, art and design, and information and communication technology. Sixth-form leaders are aware which subjects require focus from the regular student interviews carried out to gain feedback on teaching and to assess the students’ application to their learning.
  • The teaching in the sixth form is of high quality, challenging students to enhance their knowledge, develop their study skills and deepen their thinking. This prepares them very well for their destinations when leaving the school which, for a much higher proportion than is seen nationally, involves sustained study in higher education. In 2016, for example, nearly eight in ten students secured a place at their first-choice university and over four in ten students secured a place at a Russell Group university, which compares very favourably with the one in four national picture.

Ofsted May 2013. Inspectors concluded that…..

The Sixth Form is outstanding and Sixth Form students achieve exceptionally well. None leave without a placement for education or further training and most go on to study at university

An outstanding range of subjects and activities with a strong international dimension provide exceptional depth, variety and challenge for students’ learning. In particular, they prepare students exceptionally well for the Sixth Form

Teaching in the Sixth Form is outstanding, enabling students to achieve exceptionally well over time

Teachers identify clearly for students what they expect them to do, and link the outcomes closely to examination criteria. As a result students are aware of what they need to know and understand in order to reach, for example, their target grade in the topic they are studying

Relationships are strong, so students trust their teachers and other adults and are confident to ask for help or clarification when they need it

Teachers mark students’ work regularly, and their comments often provide detailed guidance on improvement

Students demonstrate highly positive attitudes to learning. They want to do well and are prepared to work hard to achieve the best results they can. Many students travel considerable distances to come to the school but attendance is above average. This reflects their commitment to school and their studies

Sixth-form students work hard and are excellent ambassadors for the school

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