We're officially outstanding!
13th January 2017
The staff and students of St Christopher's Sixth Form are delighted to announce that following the recent Ofsted inspection (December 2016), our 16 - 19 provision has been rated as outstanding! Whilst we believe this to be true ourselves already, it really is a wonderful validation of our work to hear it from Ofsted.
Highlights of their report include:
- Leadership of the sixth form is very strong. Rates of attendance are exceptionally high and students' punctuality is excellent. The proportion of students completing their studies compares very favourably with national averages.
- The progress that students make in the sixth form in relation to their GCSE grades is impressive and has been well above national averages for a number of years.
- Both male and female students make equally strong
progress and there is no difference in the progress made by disadvantaged students
- All students who have not already attained a grade C or above in English or mathematics on entering Sixth Form receive appropriate teaching and support. The success rates when students retake
these examinations are significantly above national figures.
- The sixth form caters on a foundation pathway for a small cohort of students who have
special educational needs and/or disabilities. This pathway provides students with a
highly personalised curriculum that focuses on the development of functional English,
mathematics and information technology, as well as options such as creative media
and health and social care. Students make excellent progress on the foundation
pathway and benefit from high-quality support provided by a range of specialist staff.
- Many students choose to take advantage
of the extensive opportunities to gain leadership experience. In addition to joining the
sixth-form council, students can become subject ambassadors, form captains or
mentors to pupils in the main school.
- Students are very committed to their studies. They respond well to the high-quality written feedback they are given by their teachers and make rapid progress. Students value the support they are given by members of staff, particularly by pastoral leaders and their form tutors.