Blatch's OFSTED Success!

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Before the half term we had a visit from OFSTED. We are very pleased to announce that we have maintained our ‘good’ status!

We’re very proud of the inspection, and the praise they had for so many aspects of the school. The students were wonderful – and came across so well. We’re also pleased that the inspectors agreed with us on the aspects of our provision that we’d like to improve further, and didn’t find any aspects that we weren’t already improving. Mr Harrold said:

Personally, I am incredibly proud to work here, and our school has a really wonderful atmosphere. I firmly believe that we really do get the best from the young people in our care. I know they enjoy their learning, and they go on to great things when they leave us. I also know how hard we work to get the best from students, from a caring, yet aspirational, perspective – and I would add that parents are a very important part of this too. Thank you for your continued efforts to support school, and I hope that you feel a sense of pride in the school community as well.’

Comments in the OFSTED report included:

'The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Leaders and staff share a clear understanding of the school's strengths and how to improve it further.'

'Leaders have established a culture and ethos which is inclusive, caring and which fosters pupils' good achievement. Pupils and parents recognise how the staff team supports and nurtures pupils well to succeed. Leaders have created a calm and well-organised school where pupils are safe.'

'The majority of pupils achieve well and attain outcomes that compare favourably with pupils nationally who have similar starting points.'

Well done to all staff and students for making Blatchington Mill a wonderful place for all!