OFSTED Inspection June 2014

website ofsted quotesHigh Tunstall College of Science was inspected by Ofsted as part of the routine cycle of inspection on 4th & 5th June. The report has now been published and can be found by following the link from our website and as you will see there is much to celebrate. The report, by Lead Inspector John Paddick, says: “The College is improving quickly because the headteacher, senior team and governors have developed a relentless and effective focus on the climate for learning, behaviour, the quality of teaching and the amount of progress that students are making.”

The overall effectiveness of the College has been judged to require improvement. However, the report makes it clear that this judgement is a result of achievement from past years, which drive the judgements for achievement and teaching, rather than current provision. The inspection judged that Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management at the College are good.

The Inspection team were very impressed with the progress that students are currently making at the College and the report reflects this by stating that “GCSE results are likely to improve again this year, with English and mathematics again showing substantial rises.” The team were absolutely clear that current data, work in books, lesson observations and discussions with students all showed that recent improvements are “lifting progress”.

The team saw mainly good teaching during inspection, but the overall judgement is a reflection of teaching over time. As a College we are working tirelessly to improve teaching and this is fully recognised in the report where it states that “it is clear that there is now no room for complacency and teachers are expected to take full responsibility for ensuring…good progress. The success of these measures has resulted in higher expectations of students and a much better pace of learning.”

Our students were superb during the inspection and this is highlighted in the report. The judgement of good for behaviour and safety covers attendance, attitude to learning as well as the general behaviour of students. It is pleasing that the team recognised that our students are “keen to learn, well-mannered and respect staff and each other” and that the “evidence strongly suggests that the good behaviour that inspectors observed is typical of the college on a day to day basis.”

We are delighted that for the first time in over 14 years the leadership of the College has been judged as good. Leadership is not just the senior team, but also middle leadership, student leadership and the Governing body; the quality of all these aspects of leadership is recognised in the report. This judgement demonstrates that Ofsted is confident that the measures we have put in place over the past few years have had a significant impact on the overall quality of provision at the college.

As a College we will continue to make the improvements that are necessary to ensure that we provide the very best for our students and as the report indicates we are well placed to do this and achieve the best possible outcomes for all the students in our care.

The full Ofsted report can be downloaded by clicking here.