Excellent relationships have been quickly established with the new academy sponsor. Governors acknowledge that this transition has been a ‘seamless’ process and, as a result, has already helped to strengthen the quality of education on offer.”
The Coleshill School, the newest academy in the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, is celebrating its best Ofsted report in more than 20 years. Both the ‘ambitious‘ school and its sixth form have been graded as ‘good’ in all areas.
Inspectors, who visited last month, have praised the academy’s quality teaching, pupil achievement and behaviour, and strong leadership and governance. Ofsted has commended leaders on ‘creating a united learning community.’
The positive news marks a major step in the school’s journey to excellence: this is the first time in more than 20 years that Coleshill has achieved a ‘good’ grading. The school became an academy in 2011 and officially joined the ATLP in 2015, having since turned around its fortunes with record-breaking results and oversubscribed classes.
Headteacher Ian Smith-Childs, who has been recognised by Ofsted for having ‘inspired the school community, raising expectations of teaching and pupils’ achievement’ said that the grading has sealed a “bright future” for the school. Now he has his sights set on making even greater progress.
We’re absolutely delighted. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of both the whole school community and the wider support of the ATLP. I hope that parents feel as proud as I do of all members of the school community. We’ve all worked hard to raise the ‘expectations of teaching and pupils’ achievement’.
We believe our pupils are capable of amazing things and I was particularly proud to see that the inspectors recognised that ‘teaching is now characterised by higher expectations’ and ‘better levels of challenge’. As a result, our pupils are making better progress: ‘across all key stages, including the sixth form, pupils make good progress from their starting points.’”
The report states that leadership, at all levels, in the school, is strong. Inspectors were impressed that senior and middle leaders, along with governors and the ATLP, have ‘created a united learning community that has high expectations and aspirations and very positive relationships’. Governance of the school was seen to be very effective; ‘governors work closely with school leaders in checking how well pupils are learning’.
Since the last inspection in 2014, staff have worked tirelessly on developing a culture of high expectations and success. The positive attitudes of pupils was seen by the inspectors as being ‘characterised by good behaviour in lessons and around the school’.
Pupils told inspectors that they felt safe and ‘well supported by pastoral staff who are available all day’ as well as appreciating the rewards system and the range of extra-curricular activities. Inspectors were particularly positive about the range of personal development at the school and the way in which pupils are ‘well prepared for life in modern Britain.’
The sixth form has also been graded ‘good’ with inspectors praising ‘good quality teaching, high expectations of students’ achievement, conduct and attendance, along with effective leadership and management’. The new sixth form leadership team has worked hard to develop teaching and achievement and this has led to both year 12 and year 13 showing significant improvements in progress on previous years, with year 13 set to achieve more than 40 per cent of grades at A*-B this summer. Personal development and careers guidance were also seen as a strength. The sixth form will be a key area of growth in the coming years as the school expands.
The report also highlights the value that being part of the ATLP has brought to the school. Lead inspector, Nigel Griffiths, noted:
Successful partnerships have helped to strengthen the quality of leadership and teaching. Excellent relationships have been quickly established with the new academy sponsor. Governors acknowledge that this transition has been a ‘seamless’ process and, as a result, has already helped to strengthen the quality of education on offer.”
Richard Gill, CEO designate of the ATLP, said:
This is fantastic news and well deserved. The whole learning community – driven by the school’s overwhelming determination to succeed – has worked hard and enthusiastically to secure this grading and Coleshill continues to excel.
As part of the ATLP family, Coleshill brings so much to our partnership and we are proud of how far they’ve come and where they are heading next. We always knew they had the potential to be a good school, when equipped with the right tools and support. The school is in a completely different place now and the journey to this grading shows that improvement – in a relatively short period of time – is indeed possible, and that when schools come together, everybody reaps the benefits.”
Ian Smith-Childs said:
I would like to thank our parents and carers for their ongoing support of the school. Many parents will have experienced the journey of the school over recent years and have contributed in so many ways to the developments and improvements we have made.
The future of the school is now bright. This affirmation of our progress is just the next milestone in our journey to outstanding, which we aim to achieve in our next inspection. The school is now oversubscribed for the new year 7, with more than 210 students joining us. We have a record number of external applications for our sixth form, as well as increased numbers from your own year 11. We are also welcoming students into other year groups. I hope you will join me in thanking all members of the school community and the wider partnership of the ATLP for making it a ‘good’ school.”
For a full copy of The Coleshill School’s Ofsted report please visit www.thecoleshillschool.org