26th May 2016
Ofsted inspected our school on 10th and 11th of May 2016.
Overview of the Ofsted Inspection
The inspection involved two inspectors on the first day and five on the second day. This was an experienced team, including two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, gathering a range of evidence to recognise the progress and significant improvements since September 2014. Ofsted’s assessment of our school was in line with our own evaluation – with our strengths and areas where we must focus our efforts to improve further outlined in the report. The collective judgement of the inspection team recognised the strengths and capacity of the school:
The judgement for outcomes had an emphasis and weight to the historical outcomes and variability since the previous inspection in October 2012. This resulted in the overall judgement for the school as ‘requires improvement’ as is directed by the current inspection handbook. This is disappointing considering the improvements that been implemented in the last two years.
We agree with Ofsted’s view of our strengths, including:
We also agree with the report that there are areas where we can improve and they are:
Reflection on the Report
When you read the report I urge you to read the text and use of language to see beyond the headline judgement. There were so many positives and areas to celebrate, which is reflected in three out of the four areas judged as ‘good’. Overall we are disappointed and hurt with the overall judgement, but we do not dispute the need to improve consistency in the areas identified. Show us an organisation that doesn’t ‘require improvement’; there is always room to improve in every walk of life. The feeling of being a ‘requires improvement’ school provides more determination, passion and willingness to do the very best for our young people and our community.
Biddick is a good school with many great elements and Ofsted have acknowledged we have the capacity to improve even further. We are passionate that our young people leave Biddick as well-rounded individuals prepared for the next stage of their lives.
If you would like to speak to me about the report, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Mr P Cowen, Head Teacher Mr D McDonald, Chair of Governors
Click here to access the Ofsted Report - Biddick Academy Ofsted Report May 2016
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