“Leaders are committed to getting the best out of every student”- a Leicestershire school shows improvements in its recent Ofsted inspection

Friday, February 7, 2020

A new Ofsted report for Charnwood College in Loughborough, part of the David Ross Education Trust, reports that ‘leaders have improved many aspects of the school’ since its last inspection in 2017.

The academy is now rated ‘Good’ in terms of behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and sixth-form provision.

Ofsted’s full inspection report can be read here.

The detailed report says that:

  • Pupils are proud of their school. They are kind, respectful and supportive of each other.
  • Leaders are committed to getting the best out of every pupil. The school is inclusive. Pupils who join the school part way through their education are supported well.
  • There is a positive learning culture across the school.
  • Leaders have amended the curriculum structure. It now ensures that all pupils experience a broad range of subjects.
  • Behaviour has improved considerably. Leaders have introduced clear strategies for managing pupils’ behaviour.
  • Staff have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour.
  • There is a harmonious learning atmosphere throughout the school
  • A positive culture of safeguarding is very well established throughout the school.
  • There is a wide range of clubs and activities, including sports and arts.
  • Pupils enjoy developing their wider skills and experiences.
  • Pupils value the careers guidance they receive.
  • In Sixth-form curriculum is well planned and sequenced so that students gain the knowledge and skills they need. It additional says that:
    • there is a broad range of academic and vocational courses.
    • almost all students progress to university or apprenticeships
    • teachers have strong subject knowledge
    • students are given work that is demanding

Alastair O’Connor, Principal at Charnwood College, said:

“I am delighted that the hard work of our pupils and staff has been recognised in this inspection report. This is a major shift for our Academy and the recognition is testament to the hard work of pupils, parents and staff, who have worked together with colleagues from the David Ross Education Trust’s central team, to boost pupils’ aspirations and outcomes, and to encourage a positive learning environment. I am looking forward to continuing to work alongside our pupils, parents and staff to ensure that we build on this success and that we swiftly address the recommendations made by Ofsted that will allow us to improve further.”