Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. One of Ofsted’s goals is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, through inspecting and monitoring the progress of schools and through sharing the best practice they find. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial.
St Ann’s is a Oustanding school (Ofsted 2017).
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils:
- Leaders, governors and staff have the highest ambition for all pupils. Only the best will do. The school has significantly improved since the last inspection.
- Staff treat pupils with dignity and respect at all times. The quality of care provided to pupils is exemplary. No stone is left unturned in deciding how best to meet pupils’ needs.
- Parents and carers are full of praise for the school and the difference it makes to the lives of their children. They appreciate the support given to them to help manage family life.
- Leaders are bold in their decision-making. This includes their decisions about the curriculum and assessment. They are quick to refine any actions that are not maximising opportunities for pupils.
- The curriculum is best summed up by the school: ‘We do not want our learners to dip in their toes, they should fully immerse themselves in learning.’ As a result of this approach to the curriculum and to leaders’ expectations of day-to-day teaching, pupils are thriving.
- Pupils make excellent progress. Teachers know their pupils exceptionally well. Their teaching is highly effective in meeting pupils’ needs.
- Pupils are fully encouraged to be independent, resilient and engaged learners. Every opportunity is successfully taken to develop pupils’ communication and thinking skills. The school ensures that pupils are as ready as they possibly can be for their adult lives.
- Pupils feel safe and secure in school. Staff boost pupils’ self-esteem and confidence. They encourage them to do more. Pupils are taught a range of ways to manage their social and emotional well-being.
- Staff expertly manage behaviour across the school. They have high expectations. Pupils learn to concentrate and keep focused. The school has been particularly successful in improving the behaviour of some pupils who have more complex behavioural needs.
- Students in the sixth form make excellent progress. The use of interesting work experience placements and college courses helps to ensure that students are learning and applying the skills they need for their move to college and adulthood when they leave school.
- Supporting adults help teachers effectively. Some are highly skilled and adept at supporting pupils. However, the school understands the need to continue to improve the training and quality of supporting adults to achieve the highest levels of consistency across the school.