Our last section 5 Ofsted inspection was in May 2018. The two day inspection process was very thorough, rigorous and challenging. Almost 60 lessons were observed, a range of meetings were held with myself, my senior leadership team, governors and students. Inspectors considered the views of parents, visited assemblies, tutorial time and PSHE lessons. We are disappointed the inspectors were not able to award 'good' in recognition of the rapid change that has occurred in the past 8 months but chose to await evidence of the impact of these changes/efforts.
However, many positives have been highlighted as ‘good’, including the effectiveness of leadership and management, alongside personal development, behaviour and welfare and the 6th form study programmes. “There has been considerable step-change following the arrival of the new headteacher – Ms Austin has been a real pacesetter and has rallied the staff and pupils to raise expectations and has a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. ” Introduction of a new assessment system, which will provide aspirational targets for individual pupils, is imminent and will add to the rigour to how teachers assess pupils’ work. The school has reorganised options process to start in Year 9 to provide more time for coverage of GCSE subjects. “The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are polite and friendly around the site.” The headteacher and governors have worked together to ensure that the school is financially stable, and have been industrious in finding grants to support some work to improve buildings.
I am incredibly proud to lead The Forest School and thank you for your support. In only a short space of time we have achieved much. I would like to reiterate the journey we are undertaking, putting us on a path to becoming an outstanding school.
The Forest School community engenders aspirational, safe, prepared, independent, respectful and excellent young men and women who are proud of their school and proud of their achievements.
I encourage you to read the full report. Please visit the Ofsted website to find the full report.