Stockland Green School is continuing to make exceptional progress in all areas and has been taken out of Special Measures by Ofsted in just over a year. The rapid move is the result of a number of key improvements and excellent leadership and management at all levels, which have been judged as ‘Good’ by inspectors.
Following a recent monitoring visit by schools’ watchdog, Ofsted, Stockland Green School has been judged as having made substantial improvements in all four key areas: Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management, Teaching and Achievement, while demonstrating there is capacity for further improvement.
Stockland Green School was placed in Special Measures in December 2013. Schools in this category can receive five Ofsted monitoring visits in 24 months – Stockland Green School had just four visits and it only took record timing of 15 months to come out of SM.
Inspectors, who have graded Behaviour as ‘Good’, were impressed by the school’s culture and ethos of high expectation and aspiration for all. Students demonstrated pride in their school, which was evidenced by the quality of their work, engagement in learning and their appearance.
During the visits, inspectors congratulated senior leaders on the strategic approach to school improvement. Joint headteachers, Tracey Peters and Marie George, said school leaders at all levels are clear of their role in securing further improvement:
Mrs. Peters said: “We’re delighted that our rapid progress and capacity to make further improvements has been acknowledged by inspectors. We’re confident that we can continue this success and we look forward to our best exam results, which will only strengthen our position.”
Mrs George said: “We want to thank our entire learning community who have continued to support and to believe in us. The swift removal of Special Measures confirms what we have all known – that Stockland Green School is going from strength to strength.”
Sir Chris Stone, CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, which includes Stockland Green School, will continue to work closely with the school to make further improvements.
He said: “This is a real success for everybody at Stockland Green. We are exceptionally proud of the progress we have made in all areas of the school as Special Measures has been removed quickly.
“The Stockland Green School has demonstrated that it has the capacity of a sustained improvement, which has been demonstrated by leaders and management. We’re now working hard to ensure we make even more improvements to maintain these high standards and achievements for our entire learning community.”
Staff, students and parents have all expressed their delight at the school’s achievement, through messages of support and praise. Parent and Vice-Chair of the school’s governing body, Ian Michael Willis said:“Ofsted’s judgement is proof of the huge steps taken to improve student outcomes at Stockland Green in a very short timeframe. Students and staff at all levels have worked incredibly hard and it continues to be a privilege to support the school as it continues on its journey towards outstanding.”
Media information: Anna Newson, PR & Communications Director, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). Tel: 07557 560274, email email@example.com
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The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership includes the Arthur Terry, Stockland Green and Coleshill secondary schools, Brookvale, Hill West, Mere Green and Slade primary schools, the Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance and the Sutton Locality Children’s Centres. For further details please visit: www.atlp.org.uk
You will be aware that every parents evening we take the opportunity to collect your views about our school. The data reflects the views of all the parents who completed the questionnaires during the Autumn Term 2014. These are from the parents of students in Years 7, 9 & 11.
91% of all parents who responded said their child was making enough progress and 92% felt that as a school we kept you well informed of your child’s progress throughout the year. You will be aware that we have changed the way we report your child’s progress this year and parents were involved in the initial consultation about these new style reports. We have received further feedback from parents following the issuing of the Year 7 reports and have amended the format in response to suggestions.
94% parents said that the teaching at the school is good. Ofsted agree saying that during their visit in December 2014 they saw ‘Some very good examples of clear feedback to students which ensured each of them could move on to the next area of learning, knowing exactly what they needed to do to improve their work. In addition they commented on maths lessons ‘where high levels of challenge were matched to the high ability of many of the students.’ (Ofsted 2014)
94% of parents have said that the school helped them to support their child’s learning. Many of you will be aware of the facilities that are available before during and after school to support students. This begins with our free breakfast for all students from 8.00 every morning. The school library is open before school, break, lunch and after school and the homework club is offered four evenings a week to ensure that students can access staff support, books, IT equipment or just have a place to study.
90% of parents said that the school keeps their child safe. This matches the students view as they told Ofsted that….. ‘they feel safe and well cared for in school’ (Ofsted 2013)
94% also said that their child enjoys school. One parent noted that their child ‘ is supported, encouraged and provided with constructive criticism and then responds well to praise’
89% of parents who completed Parent View felt that the school made sure our pupils were well behaved. While this is a significantly positive percentage of parents we are sure that you would agree this is not high enough and we will be working hard to ensure that this figure improves.
The Behaviour Policy is designed to ensure that students’ learning is not interrupted by poor behaviour and we would like to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that your child understands the raised expectations of students’ behaviour for learning. These expectations are in all student planners and displayed in classrooms. This includes a raised expectation of student behaviour in and around the building to ensure that the school environment is an enjoyable place to be for all members of our community. At our recent monitoring visit in December 2014 the inspectors noted that ‘the behaviour policy is being consistently applied, even according to some students on the receiving end of sanctions. These students say that the academy is better and they enjoy learning now. We look forward to a further improvement in this area.’(Ofsted 14)
91% parents felt that the school was well led and managed and that the school took account of their suggestions and concerns. 91% of parents also felt that they were happy with their child’s overall experience at our school. One parent said…..’My child has only been at this school 6 months. I have been made to feel a part of his schooling with constant contact from school. Very impressed’
94% of parents who completed Parent View would recommend our school to other parents. This in itself is pleasing but as yet only represents a small number of parent’s views for this academic year.
These questionnaires and the Parent View data allows us to continually keep in touch with how you as parents feel about the school. Please do not think that you have to wait until your child’s parents evening to complete a survey or share your view.
The link to Parent View is on our website and you can go on this at anytime and give your opinion on a range of issues.