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OFSTED Report

Conisborough College had a full Ofsted Inspection on 15-16 May 2018. Overall, Ofsted have rated the school as ‘Requires Improvement’.  We are now working rigorously to ensure that when we are re-inspected, within two years, we are judged at least ‘Good’.

More recently, in May 2019, we welcomed Sarah Parker HMI from Ofsted, where she carried out a Section 8 Monitoring Inspection of the school.  The inspector recognised the progress and hard work going into improving the school.

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Ofsted Section 8 Monitoring Inspection

May 2019

The inspector spoke to student, staff, visited lessons, met with governors and spent a lot of time looking at student’s work and books as well as meeting with other professional colleagues who work with and support the school. She recognised where new appointments and opportunities at the school have been made and introduced in order to strengthen teams and increase the ability for us to improve. Ms Parker also commented on the various actions which the school has taken to improve the results in a short time after a very disappointing set of exam results last summer in 2018.

In her main findings, Sarah Parker commented on an improved culture of ‘high aspiration’ and on the changes we have put in pace to hopefully improve results and give more lesson time to subjects. She also reports that we are taking action ‘to ensure that teaching is routinely good.’ and that ‘some teachers demonstrated strong subject knowledge and planned activities to meet their pupils’ learning needs. Their effective use of questioning deepened pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Pupils were focused and participated readily. Where feedback to pupils is in line with school policy, pupils have regular opportunities to improve their work.’

In the report she commented on the changes in student’s behaviours and that the ‘approaches to improve behaviour are effective. A new behaviour management system is in place. Staff, pupils, parents and carers are clear about the required conduct of pupils. A reward and recognition culture is being successfully established and is valued by pupils. The introduction of the ‘line-up’ for morning and afternoon sessions has led to a more calm and orderly start.’

However, we are aware of what we still need to improve upon and we have some way to go yet. We need to make sure that we are:

  • Consistently showing best practice in the quality of teaching across the whole school. We do need to make sure that all students across all subjects achieve at least the progress and outcomes of which they are capable.
  • Ensuring that behaviours in the school continuing to improve and that all aspects of behaviour are dealt with consistently well by staff.
  • Developing students’ literacy skills and enabling more opportunities for extended writing
  • Making sure that all our policies and practices are ‘fit for purpose’ through review and changes where necessary so that they have the intended impact.

We are pleased with the recognition of the hard work and direction that the school is going in over a short time. We still have hard work ahead. With your support and consistency from students and staff alike and under the leadership of our Governing Body, I am sure we will become that ‘Good’ school which the community deserves and should have. We enjoy support from the local authority and we work closely with school improvement partners. This really is a full team effort and hard work, but it is worth it for the benefit of all our young people.

Mrs J. HadlowHeadteacher

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From our 2019 report

On the Headteacher…

Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration
Conisborough College
2020-01-09T14:57:41+00:00
Since your appointment you have developed a culture of high aspiration

On the Headteacher…

Your determination and energy, supported by thorough self-evaluation and focused, improvement planning are making a positive difference to pupils and staff.
Conisborough College
2020-01-09T14:58:24+00:00
Your determination and energy, supported by thorough self-evaluation and focused, improvement planning are making a positive difference to pupils and staff.

On the Headteacher…

You have taken swift action to support current pupils.
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:44:06+00:00
You have taken swift action to support current pupils.

On leadership…

Leaders are taking effective action to ensure that teaching is routinely good
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:44:43+00:00
Leaders are taking effective action to ensure that teaching is routinely good

On Teaching staff…

Teachers demonstrated strong subject knowledge and planned activities to meet their pupils’ learning needs.
Conisborough College
2020-02-27T10:45:58+00:00
Teachers demonstrated strong subject knowledge and planned activities to meet their pupils’ learning needs.
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Ofsted 2018 comments…

Leaders have introduced a new policy and processes for teaching, learning and assessment. There is now more rigour in the quality of assessments and teachers use this information to plan lessons which encourage pupils to learn.

Ofsted 2018 comments…

‘Senior leaders and governors are ambitious for their pupils. They set high expectations for pupils’ attainment and behaviour’

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Leaders self evaluation is rigorous and accurate.

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Pupils have access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities. There are many visitors to the school and staff organise visits for pupils to travel abroad and around London

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Pupil premium funding and year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up funding are used well

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Governors are robust and brave

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Robust systems are in place to keep pupils safe. Staff are diligent in their actions in keeping pupils safe

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Most teaching in year 11 lessons deepens pupils’ understanding and prepares them well for examinations

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is taught in PSHC lessons in key stage 3: This is a well developed programme which pupils enjoy and which prepares them well for life in modern Britain

Ofsted 2018 comments…

There is a wide programme of careers advice and guidance in KS4

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Most pupils arrive for lessons smartly dressed, with the correct equipment. Pupils respond promptly when given clear instructions

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Pupils said there is little bullying in school. Any bullying is dealt with well by teachers. Pupils show respect for their teachers and each other

Ofsted 2018 comments…

In key stage 3, in most subjects, more pupils are reaching and exceeding their targets than in previous years

Ofsted 2018 comments…

Governors and the new senior leadership team are ambitious for their pupils. They know the strengths and weaknesses in the school.

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