As you are aware, we were inspected by OFSTED on 2nd and 3rd May 2018 and I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Trafalgar School was found to be a ‘Good’ school.
The two day process was, quite rightly, very thorough, rigorous and challenging. Over 40 lessons were observed and a range of meetings were held with myself, my senior leadership team, middle leaders, governors and students. Inspectors looked at samples of students work and observed behaviour in lessons and around the school. They also scrutinised a range of policies and documents.
The inspectors recognised our journey of rapid improvement over the last 16 months and the significant improvements that have been made in teaching, learning and assessment: “a transformation in the quality of teaching and behaviour is strongly evident”. The high expectations leaders and teachers have of all students was commented on frequently as were the strong relationships between teachers and students: “strong, respectful relationships between teachers and pupils lead to interesting lessons in which pupils enjoy their learning”. Teacher planning was also identified as a strength: “teachers are enthusiastic and they know their pupils well, using their knowledge of pupils’ needs to plan effectively”.
Our school community was described as being ‘like a family’ with our caring ethos running through the school. Student’s behaviour was found to be good in lessons and around the school during unstructured times: “Pupils are highly focused in their learning. They appreciate their education, as well as valuing the sensible and respectful behaviour of other pupils”. Bullying was found to be rare, but if it does happen, inspectors were happy that students know it is quickly resolved.
As a result of all the changes implemented, it has been acknowledged that pupils’ progress has accelerated and is rapidly improving. The report acknowledges that historic weak teaching has meant that the progress and outcomes are still not where they need to be in some year groups but that teaching, learning and assessment is now securely good and the outcomes will naturally take time to catch up. I can assure you we are working tirelessly to do this as quickly as possible.
I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved at Trafalgar School in such a short space of time. The report is testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all the staff and I am thrilled that this has been recognised by OFSTED. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for putting your trust and faith in me and the school and for your continued support on our journey to becoming an outstanding school.
Please take some time to read the full report which can be found on our website in our ‘About Us’ section. It will also be available on the OFSTED website within the next five days.