Ofsted report confirms that saltash.net’s mission statement ‘Believe and Achieve’ is evident in practice!

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saltash.net community school is delighted that its unswerving commitment to improving the life chances of all the young people in its care has been singled out for praise and recognition in its most recent Ofsted inspection report.

A team of five inspectors visited the school on the 19th and 20th March. Many aspects of the school’s work, including one of its termly Theme Days, were observed, before the inspection team agreed that the Behaviour and Safety of the students and the Leadership and Management of the school all warranted the highest possible judgement of ‘Outstanding’. Students’ Achievement and the overall quality of teaching were both deemed to be ‘Good’ overall with many outstanding features highlighted in the final report.

The school was given high praise for ensuring that the proportion of students attaining five or more GCSE and equivalent qualifications, including English and Maths, at the end of Year 11 is well above average. Achievement in the 6th Form was also described as ‘improving rapidly with an increasing proportion achieving the highest possible grades.’

Inspectors were in agreement that the school meets the needs of the full ability range: students with complex learning needs in the Trematon Unit were described as being ‘supported effectively and, as a result, achieve well.’ The inspection team especially liked the fact that ‘the school farm supports the social development of these students’. At the other end of the ability range, there was praise given for the fact that the most able students make good progress and the numbers attaining the highest grades in all subjects are increasing.

A description of ‘conscientious’ and ‘highly committed’ teachers, keen to share their expertise with each other, led on to the inspectors quoting from a member of staff’s questionnaire which stated that, ‘saltash.net is an incredible place to work; I have never worked in a place where I feel so supported and inspired by people around me – students and staff.’

Commenting on the report, Headteacher, Isobel Bryce, said, ‘It makes me very proud indeed to read so many positive things about our school. I am especially proud of our young people. We receive regular feedback about their excellent behaviour and attitudes from visitors to our school but it is particularly rewarding to have their ‘exemplary’ conduct recognised by the Ofsted team. I am certain parents and carers must feel as pleased as we all do that they have concluded, “Students feel safe and their behaviour is outstanding. Students are proud of their school. They are polite, courteous and keen to achieve well.”’

In addition, I am thrilled that the excellent pastoral provision, positive relationships, and numerous enrichment opportunities that exist at our school featured in the report: I am not sure how many Ofsted reports give praise for ‘Exceptional ICT practice’ but the fact that saltash.net has achieved this in recognition of its specialism is wonderful.’

Chair of Governors, Kate Waghorn, added, ‘We are all delighted with the outcomes of the inspection but are never complacent. We will continue to do all that we can to keep improving the school and ensure that the very small number of issues identified for further action are addressed systematically over the coming months.’

Please click the link below to read the report in full;
Ofsted Inspection Report March14