Dear Parents and Carers,

As you know, on Thursday 4th October we had a school inspection from Ofsted. Whilst the report will not be published officially until 5th November, we are pleased to be able to share with you some snippets from the excellent report we received and confirm that we have maintained our Good Status and are continuing our ‘Journey to Excellence’.

Leadership

  • ‘You and your leaders have a clear focus on ensuring that teaching is the best it can be.’
  • ‘You and your team are ambitious. promoting high expectations for the school community. When issues arise you are swift to tackle them.’
  • Governance is a strength of the school. Governors are skilled and well informed of their duties.’

Teaching and learning with a focus on more able students and challenge in the classroom.

  • ‘Leaders are effective in supporting teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning through focused professional development. Talented middle leaders are helping to develop consistence in practice and much has improved.’
  • ‘Work in pupils’ books shows they are given many opportunities to explore ideas in depth. Subject leaders have worked with other schools in the area to develop a curriculum that is helping to prepare pupils for the demands of the new GCSE.’
  • ‘The majority of pupils are achieving the ambitious target grades leaders have set for them.’

Safeguarding and well-being

  • ‘All pupils we spoke to say that they felt safe in school.’
  • ‘Pupils say that if they have any concerns about bullying, matters are resolved quickly and successfully.’
  • ‘Parents and carers are very positive about the school, particularly the support provided by staff.’

As you can imagine, we also have targets to make further improvements, but we are pleased to say that these are in-line with our own targets from our school development plan, and areas that we have already started making improvements on.

  • These include improving attendance, which you can read more about in this month's newsletter.
  • In regards to improving the progress of our disadvantaged pupils: To address this we have become the first school in the area to employed a qualified ‘Education Access Worker’ and we are confident that she will have an impact on improving the attendance and outcomes for this group.

We will include the full report on our website after the 5th November. I would finally like to say a huge thank you to our whole school community; our leaders and governors, teachers, support staff in and out of the classroom and to our students and their families for continuing to make Ivanhoe an amazing school community.

Anne-Marie Blewitt - Executive Head.                             Alison Allford - Head of School 

05 Nov 2018

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