Redland Green School celebrates after Ofsted rates provision as outstanding

July 04 2016

Redland Green School has been rated as an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted in its recent inspection This is the first inspection of the secondary school since it became an academy in 2012 and shows the tremendous developments that have taken place since the school opened ten years ago.

Redland Green School has been rated as an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted in its recent inspection This is the first inspection of the secondary school since it became an academy in 2012 and shows the tremendous developments that have taken place since the school opened ten years ago.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school for two days in May and found it to be ‘Outstanding’ overall and in all judgements. The report stated that ‘achievement across the school, including the sixth form, is outstanding.’. They were especially impressed by the personal development of the students and their preparation for the role they will play as responsible citizens in society.

Headteacher Sarah Baker, whose leadership was described as ‘fundamental to sustaining the high levels of performance,’ said: "We are thrilled with this report and the recognition it gives of the hard work that all members of the school community put in every day. This report reflects very positively on the personalised approach to each pupil’s growth and development and how this has a profound impact on students’ attainment and wellbeing and the commitment we make to this.

“Our ambition for every single student is at the centre of our vision and staff work consistently to reduce barriers, which may stand in the way of a student’s success."

Both staff and pupils received praise in the report. It stated that ‘Staff have high aspirations and expectations for pupils, regardless of background or starting point. Pupils have high aspirations for themselves...are polite, mature and show a mutual respect for adults and each other. They display a strong sense of belonging and fully enjoy their time at the school. They are very proud to be a member of the school.’

The school has been recognised for challenging both the most able pupils and the intensive support offered to those who start the school with lower reading ages. It was noted that learners in the sixth form benefit from highly personalised programmes of study, excellent teaching and other non-qualification activities.

The report highlighted the exceptional range of opportunities offered outside of the classroom, which are well attended and highly valued by pupils and parents. Club and trips, including university visits, sports teams and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme all offer additional experiences for pupils to develop skills and interests.

The Ofsted report also noted that Governors ‘are aspirational for the future and have a full commitment to continually improving the quality of education for all pupils, specifically for those who are disadvantaged.’

Lawayne Jefferson, Chair of Governors, said: “I would like to express how delighted we are at this ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement. We provide a wellrounded education for the students who attend Redland Green School; spanning academic achievement, innovative curriculum development, inclusive nonacademic activities, and an outward looking vision in an environment that speaks to equality, health and safety and strong leadership.”