Unity College is celebrating today following their recent visit from Ofsted. Headteacher Sally Cryer is “delighted” with the school’s “Good” OFSTED inspection.
The school hosted a visit from a team of four OFSTED Inspectors earlier this month and the inspection, which was carried out over two days, involved a rigorous scrutiny of the school’s quality of provision.
Sally Cryer said: “I am delighted to report that the College has been judged to be a Good School with Outstanding Features”.
It has been rated as Good in:
- Overall Effectiveness
- Quality of Teaching
- Behaviour and Safety of Students
- Leadership and Management
She said it was worth noting that OFSTED have significantly raised their expectations and requirements on all schools nationally to demonstrate higher standards than in previous years’ inspections.
“The commitment, dedication and sheer hard work of staff, students, parents and governors has culminated in a very positive report, this is a fantastic day for everyone at Unity College; we have come such a long way over the last 5 years and today is a day for huge celebration.”
The OFSTED team have given very clear areas for Unity College to improve upon to achieve an Outstanding judgement in our next Ofsted.
“At Unity College we have a clear vision and a determination that we will be Outstanding in all areas by 2016. We will not rest on our laurels and will take on board the advice from Ofsted as we work towards outstanding. Ofsted have already judged Unity College as outstanding in the work we do to keep students safe and secure and our extensive induction programme for students moving from year 6 to year 7.
Highlights of the report stated that Unity College is a Good school – it provides a good education for students.
- Standards reached by students are rising and the progress they make is good in both English and mathematics.
- Teaching is good. Students benefit from the good subject knowledge of their teachers which develops students’ interest in learning.
- Attitudes to learning are good. Students are proud of being part of the college community. They dress smartly and come prepared to learn. They work well together and can regularly be found helping each other to learn. Students say they feel very safe in the school.
- The Headteacher is driving the ambition and vision for the college to become outstanding. This vision is supported by all members of the college community. Teaching over time is now more effective and standards are rising.
- The achievement of students is good
- The most able students perform as well as their peers nationally.
- Students’ respect for others and their environment is a result of the very effective promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Teachers’ subject knowledge is a strength and this contributes to the effective engagement of students and leads to good progress
- Students’ work is marked regularly and the advice provided is of a good quality
- Expectations of students are high.
- Students’ behaviour is good. Rarely is there any disruption to their own and other’s learning
- Students’ behaviour outside the classroom is sensible and their social skills are well developed.
- Students are courteous and polite to visitors
- Bullying is rare and students have every confidence, that should any bullying occur the adults in the college will deal with it effectively.
The full report is available to read on the Ofsted Website