This year we began working with Challenge Partners to further drive the success of the school.
Below is a brief description of who Challenge Partners are and the aims of the organization:
'We are a charity, owned and led by schools, who work together to lead school improvement. We believe that when schools are working in partnership to continually improve their practice then an excellence education for pupils will be achieved. We are made up of over 300 schools, from all different backgrounds across the country, who recognise that we are stronger together and that collaboration is the key to continued success. We exist to support schools in that role by facilitating constructive collaboration and challenge between them and providing a platform for activities which would not be possible for a school to undertake on its own.
Our review was a very positive experience below are some of the key highlights from the report:
- The school has been on a journey of rapid and sustained improvement over the last two years.
- The reason that the school is improving so rapidly is because leaders have a deep, accurate and honest understanding of the school’s effectiveness. The senior leadership team (SLT) members each contribute a valuable set of skills that result in a well-balanced, productive team.
- Relationships demonstrate mutual respect that results in pupils who want to learn. Teachers know their pupils well, which fosters enthusiastic, positive attitudes to learning. Hence engagement is high - and productive. The dynamic climate for learning that pervades the school enables pupils to feel safe, comfortable and to ask questions.
- High expectations of pupils’ learning, as well as effort and behaviour, are clearly evident throughout the school.