Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Every few years the framework for inspections is revised and the bar is raised. On 16 May 2017 we were inspected under the 2015 Inspection Framework. This was a ‘short’ inspection: ‘The frequency of inspection is proportionate to the performance and circumstances of schools. From 1 September 2015, all schools judged to be good at their previous section 5 inspection will receive a one-day short inspection carried out under section 8, approximately every three years, as long as the education remains good.’ Inspection Handbook, August 2016.
Inspections are more demanding than they have ever been and we were pleased that the Lead Inspector’s letter, dated 2 June 2017 acknowledges our extremely strong performance against exacting criteria and the progress we have continued to make since our previous inspection in 2013.
In our latest inspection the Inspectors reaffirmed that ‘This school continues to be good’ and that ‘Safeguarding is effective’. They commended leadership and management, including governance, and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school.
Key comments from Ofsted Report 2017
- ‘Your leadership has created a school ethos that pupils, parents and staff all subscribe to enthusiastically. Your ambition and drive to meet the needs of every child are valued across the school and into the community the school serves.’
- Your leadership has ensured that, overall, pupils make more academic progress than they do in the majority of schools across the country. This has been the case for a number of years.’
- ‘Your leadership team and staff maintain a very positive working atmosphere for pupils. As a result, pupils’ attitudes to learning are generally very good. They work well in lessons, they are keen to answer questions and they want to succeed. Pupils say they feel very well supported by staff. Around the school site, pupils behave well. They are friendly good natured and respectful.’
The key findings highlighted in the letter, and the ‘next step for the school’, reflect those in our own rigorous and on-going cycle of self-evaluation and objectives within our strategic plan. We are not complacent. We are ambitious for our pupils and we are working hard to ensure all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds can make good progress. We aim to be the best we can be every day and to challenge our learners to achieve more than they first think is possible!
Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school. Parent View invites parents who have children at the school, to respond to 12 aspects of their education, from the quality of teaching to how the school manages behaviour. Ofsted consider these responses when making decisions about which schools to inspect and at Deer Park we use the feedback our parents provide to this and other surveys to inform our own self-evaluation and planning for the future. Please click on the Parent View button below to access the Parent View website. In May 2017, over 220 parents responded to this survey and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.