Ofsted Inspection Report, November 2015

Ofsted has given The Radclyffe School its seal of approval by bestowing it the highest possible rating and declaring it an ‘Outstanding School’.

A copy of the full November 2015 Ofsted Report can be found here

Following a visit by five Inspectors to the school on 19th – 20th November 2015, Ofsted made the following judgements on The Radclyffe School:

The very first line of the report recognises the aspirational culture and the focus on high achievement by everyone at The Radclyffe School:

“The tangible culture of self-improvement, instilled by the inspirational headteacher, motivates both staff and pupils to achieve their very best. The promotion of excellent personal development has as high a priority as the insistence on outstanding achievement” (Ofsted, page 1)

Governors and senior leaders are commended for providing principled leadership based around an aspirational vision which has created “an extremely positive culture of improvement through challenge and celebration” (Ofsted, page 3).

The report supports the school’s early entry policy in both English and Maths which is successful in motivating the students and maximizing their achievement. The excellent and highly personalised curriculum is regularly reviewed to meet the needs of individual students.

In describing the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as outstanding the report states that “Leaders and managers with the responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment have been relentless in their drive for excellence” (Ofsted, page 4).

The report recognises the high morale within the school “Everyone is respected, valued and appreciated. Consequently, excellent relationships are fostered between staff and pupils. These contribute to pupils’ outstanding attitudes to their learning.” (Ofsted, page 4).

Ofsted recognises that The Radclyffe School succeeds with all students, including the most able “Pupils from all starting points make excellent progress including the most able. The number of GCSE passes at A* or A grade has doubled over the last three years” (Ofsted, page 5).

Moreover, the report goes on to state that “Teachers’ extremely high expectations of what their pupils can achieve are infectious. Through well-chosen topics and activities, teachers routinely stimulate and interest pupils, giving them a passion and verve for learning. Pupils flourish in a culture of enthusiasm for learning and desire to succeed”. (Ofsted, page 4).