Ofsted Good – a historic occasion for Coleridge

For the first time in the history of the school, the students and staff at Coleridge Community College are celebrating a strong Ofsted Report that has judged the school to be ‘Good’ in all inspection areas. It is less than four years since Head Teacher Mark Patterson was appointed to his position, so this rapid improvement for a school that had never previously been judged better than ‘Requires Improvement’ is a wonderful achievement.

“Strong leadership at all levels over time has continued to improve the school so that it now offers its pupils a good quality of education” (Ofsted, 2019)

The inspection team, who visited the school in early May, were quick to praise the leadership of the school at all levels. In its previous inspection, the school was found to have ‘Good’ leadership, but the more recent report highlights that this has been strengthened further since then. In particular, the school’s implementation of a standardised approach to teaching and learning – the Coleridge Teaching Approach – was seen as a significant strength of the school, with inspectors commenting that this approach had led to greater consistency and that it was reaping rewards for the students at the school.

“Consistently good-quality teaching, learning and assessment ensure that pupils make good progress” (Ofsted, 2019)

Having observed 34 lessons, the inspectors were quick to praise teacher planning and the subject knowledge that they held. Furthermore, the inspection team made positive comments about a number of aspects of teaching in the school, including the positive relationships between teachers and students, the regular use of quizzing, paired and group work, homework and the effective use of Teaching Assistants. The positive impact of ‘live marking’, where teachers mark students books in lessons, was seen as a real strength for improving the progress students make in each lesson.

“Pupils behave well in lessons and when moving around the school. The small size of the school enables pupils to be known as individuals. Pupils feel safe and are well looked after when in school” (Ofsted, 2019)

As well as finding safeguarding students to be effective, the inspection team identified the schools work to promote students’ personal development and welfare to be ‘Good’. Both students and families – who get the opportunity to feed their views to the inspectors via a questionnaire – commented that behaviour was good and that incidents of bullying are rare. Where incidents of bullying were identified, the school was praised for dealing with them quickly and effectively. Through Ofsted Parent View, one parent commented that ‘My children love going there, learn to work hard and I always feel the staff are listening.’ The inspection team also commented that this was a typical response that was received from parents’ views.

Commenting on the Ofsted Report, Mark Patterson, Head Teacher, said “This is a testament to the hard work of our great students and staff and the support of our families. It’s a historic moment for our school, and we are very proud”

The full inspection report can be found here.

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