Ofsted Report February 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to share with you our recent Ofsted inspection report, published today for John Mason School. I am pleased that this highlights the considerable strengths of our school; where our results remain above national averages at GCSE, with a strong sixth form and highly effective and passionate leadership. You will know that in the last 18 months in particular we have worked hard to recruit excellent teachers, and to instil a culture and ethos for success; now our priority lies in embedding greater consistency across subjects to improve outcomes for all students, and our progress checks and summer predictions show that we will.
A copy of the report can be found on the school website. It reports ‘Good’ for effective leadership and management; personal development, behaviour and student welfare; and for our sixth form. However, the school ‘Requires Improvement’ for student outcomes and, therefore, in the quality of teaching and learning; which means we are graded ‘Requires Improvement’ overall.
The inspection team highlighted the significant strengths of our school, with progress and improvements clearly evident for student outcomes, as well as in the level of challenge, quality of learning and student attitudes. Instrumental to the progress made is the strength of the school’s leadership and inspirational headteacher, Mrs Brinkley. The report makes clear we have a clear vision for the school, that we support the local community and have a sharp understanding of what needs to be done to deliver the next stage of our school improvement.
Our students and staff are the heartbeat of the school, and the good relationships between staff and students are integral to the rapid improvement we have seen in learning. It says a great deal about the care and commitment of all staff that students are, “happy at school and proud to be members of its community”. Our focus on the ‘whole child’ is also evident from the report, and clear in the school every day, with our students noted as having a “moral compass”, being “respectful of one another”, “believe in themselves” and “learn how to be responsible citizens”.
There was an overwhelming and very positive response by parents to Ofsted. I wish to thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school. I believe there can be no higher praise than “the vast majority of parents would recommend this school to other parents and believe their children are well looked after”.
All staff, students and governors are determined to be the best we can be, with the support of parents and families in all that we do.
Thank you again for your support,
Chair, John Mason Academy Trust
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