The Latest OfSTED Report
OfSTED Report September 2012
On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of September, Thornton Grammar School became one of the first schools in the country to be inspected by OfSTED under the new Framework for Inspections. In the previous full inspection that took place in May 2010 the school received a Grade 3 judgement which at that time was called ‘satisfactory’. This time we have also received a Grade 3 judgement which under the new Framework is called ‘requires improvement’.
School Leaders, including the Governing Body, had already identified the areas for improvement that the Inspectors highlighted in the report and actions to improve progress in the Sixth Form and in Mathematics, in particular, are already underway.
The inspectors judged the behaviour and safety of pupils as good. They found particular strengths in Art, Music and Physical Education and that the support provided for pupils with learning difficulties in the Designated Specialist Provision base ensures that they make good or often outstanding progress.
The high quality leadership of Teaching and Learning was highlighted as leading to recent improvements in the quality of teaching and providing a firm foundation for ensuring that teaching and learning becomes consistent across the school in the future. The inspectors also found capacity to make further improvements in Leadership and Management across all levels in the school.
All Staff and Governors at Thornton Grammar School are committed to ensuring that the school is recognised as good in all areas in the near future.