Stretford High School celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted rating
‘STRETFORD HIGH IS A GOOD AND IMPROVING SCHOOL ’
Stretford High School has been rated ‘Good’ under the new Ofsted framework, following our inspection in May 2013.
The report has rated the school ‘Good’ in all areas;
- Achievement of pupils: Good
- Quality of Teaching: Good
- Behaviour & Safety of Pupils: Good
- Leadership and Management: Good
Ofsted also credits Stretford High for many areas of outstanding provision the school provides, most notably, the school’s capacity to keep improving, provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs, the education of children at greatest risk of underachievement and Governance.
The report comes after Ofsted announced much publicised changes to inspections, which have meant higher expectations of schools.
The journey to become a Good or better school is much harder now than it once was and many will remember that our school almost closed in 2010. In spite of this we have reached this milestone by working together. It is no coincidence that for the first time in the schools’ history there is a large waiting list for places.
I am very pleased, but not surprised that the hard work and determination of our talented staff, governors and students, has been given recognition it deserves. However, as a parent myself, I am particularly heartened by the inspectors views of our school in regards to safety, the way in which behaviour is dealt with and the community that we have created together for the young people to thrive in.
The inspectors were extremely positive about the school’s capacity to continue on our journey to become one of the new wave of ‘Outstanding’ schools quickly. We will now use our teamwork and commitment to our values to continue to improve; to ensure all our young people achieve outstanding success at Stretford High School.
Thankyou for your continued support.
Key Ofsted comments at a glance
‘THIS IS A GOOD AND IMPROVING SCHOOL’
Attainment has improved in recent years and is now average and rising.
- Teaching is good with some that is outstanding – teachers have a good subject knowledge and use questioning well to make students think deeply about what they are learning. The teaching of English and Mathematics is consistently good and in some instances outstanding.
- Leaders and management including the governing body have a clear view of the school’s strengths and where it could do better. They drive the school purposefully forward.
- Students who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium and students who are disabled with or with SEN also make good progress and achieve well because of the highly effective care, guidance and support that the school provides for them.
- Students behave well in lessons and around the school. They are polite and friendly to each other and to the adults working with them.
- The school has a strong and effective commitment to tackling discrimination.
- Attendance has improved significantly and students enjoy school.
- Bullying of any kind is extremely rare.
- The students’ work in the local community adds to the schools growing reputation and is pivotal in developing their self esteem and personal development.