14 December 2017

Transformed Stockland Green School celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted

Jubilant students and staff are celebrating the much-anticipated news that Ofsted has now rated their school – which has undergone a major transformation – as ‘Good’.

The Stockland Green School, part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has been praised for its strong performance and ethos following an Ofsted inspection in November. The positive report commends the academy’s many strengths, including teaching and learning, leadership and governance, and pupil behaviour and attainment.

The publication of next month’s government performance tables will confirm that the oversubscribed school has achieved its best-ever set of GCSE results, which have more than trebled since working with the ATLP.

In the Ofsted report, lead inspector, Bianka Zemke, writes, ‘This is a good school…Senior leaders are aspirational and have high expectations of staff and pupils. They have successfully created an ethos of ‘aspire, believe and achieve’ within the school.’

She adds, ‘Considerable improvement is evident in many areas….For example, outcomes in mathematics have improved markedly in 2017.’

Highlights from the report include:

  • ‘The headteacher and her dedicated leadership team know their school very well.’
  • ‘The leadership of teaching, learning and assessment is a clear strength.’
  • ‘Teachers have high expectations of pupils and foster strong and respectful relationships. Teachers have good subject knowledge and plan lessons that use a range of innovative strategies to stimulate pupils’ interest and curiosity.’
  • ‘Governance at the school is strong…They are dedicated to the school and possess many strengths. They bring a range of relevant experiences and expertise to their roles.’
  • Behaviour in lessons and at social times is good. Pupils are courteous, friendly and mature in discussions about sensitive issues.’
  • ‘Parents, staff and pupils are supportive of school leaders and feel that the school has improved markedly since the last inspection.’
  • ‘Pupils feel safe at the school and are complimentary about the pastoral support they receive when they need it.’

Headteacher Marie George is “over the moon” with the findings. She said:

We are delighted that Ofsted has found us to be ‘Good’ in every area as we have worked very hard to make sure our students receive the education they deserve. They recognise our strengths and attainment – our dedicated team, the quality of teaching and learning and the care and value we give to our children and young people, who are proud and happy to be here.

This result is testament to the hard work and commitment of many.  I want to thank our entire learning community for supporting us, for believing in this school, for transforming Stockland Green, which we are fiercely proud and humbled to be at the heart of.”

She added: 

It’s been an emotional journey from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ but we never lost sight of our core purpose – to give our community the school it deserves. This is just the next step on our journey to excellence, which we take together, to give each and every child – whatever their background – the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential in life.”

The Ofsted report also recognises the improved outcomes for students in many subject areas. The findings come ahead of next month’s Department for Education’s (DfE) National Performance Tables, which will show the school’s 54 per cent attainment in GCSE results in English and Maths, its highest performance ever. During the last decade, the school has more than tripled its performance, from 14 per cent.

Inspectors also noted that, ‘Disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes are improving from a low starting point.’ A total of 50 per cent of Stockland Green School students receive Pupil Premium funding, compared with 27 per cent nationally.  The funding is given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  Contextual data for the school shows that the attainment for disadvantaged students over the past three years has outperformed the national average.

Pastoral support at Stockland Green School is strong, Ofsted finds. It says, ‘The pastoral support provided by the school is a strength. Pupils, parents and staff are unanimous in their praise for the help, support and guidance pupils receive when appropriate.’

The report also praises the school’s SEN (Special Educational Needs) provision. At Stockland Green School, 25 per cent of pupils are eligible for SEN support and 31 per cent of students have an education, health and care plan (EHC). This compares with national figures of 11 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Commenting on Stockland Green, Ofsted writes, ‘Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and /or disabilities say that they appreciate the extra help they get in lessons as this enables them to make progress. They also appreciate the specialist one-to-one support they receive from staff. The progress of pupils who have (SEN) and/or disabilities is good.’

Mrs George said:

Our success is even more credible and meaningful when you look at the wider context of our inclusive school community. We believe in removing barriers and extending opportunities to all children – whatever their background.  All children can be powerful learners, which is why we invest in their futures and aspire for more each and every day.”

The Stockland Green School is a founding member of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, a growing multi-academy trust which provides school-to-school improvement support.

Ofsted inspectors report, ‘The school plays an active part in the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. Regular subject leader meetings and the sharing of best practices within the partnership have been pivotal in the school’s continued improvement.’

Mrs George said:

Being part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership has played a key part in our success and we are glad that Ofsted has seen the support that we have received, and are now giving to other schools to ensure they can improve, as we have.”

National leader of education and CEO of the ATLP, Richard Gill, said:

This is a truly wonderful and well-deserved outcome. I am so proud of Marie and her team. Everybody has worked incredibly hard, with such authenticity, to create a school that their community can be proud of – a ‘Good’ school.

When the ATLP was formed in 2011 we set out on a mission to work in partnership with Stockland Green on its journey out of ‘Special Measures’. We’ve now reached this milestone, and there are so many possibilities ahead, which is a superb prospect for our children.”