News from Mr Ramsey

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Review

As part of our Ofsted Action Plan, we asked Herts for Learning to conduct a review of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare on Tuesday 16th January. Two inspectors who were both Headteachers conducted the review. Our inspectors observed lessons, reviewed safeguarding and observed assemblies, movement around the school and behaviour at lunchtime. They also engaged in discussion with pupils throughout the day and met two groups of pupils to talk about their experiences. I have sent a copy of the report to all parents today.
I am pleased to say that the review demonstrates that we have made significant progress since the Ofsted inspection in October 2017. I am sure parents will read the full review with interest, but I feel it worthwhile to highlight some of the key findings below:

  • There are marked improvements in behaviour, which has been supported by revision of relevant policies and procedures, relating to personal development, behaviour and safety.
  • Pupils are confident and self-assured.
  • They are articulate and engage well.
  • Pupils show respect for others.
  • Pupils conduct themselves well throughout the day.
  • The school has an orderly environment. This is seen in classroom behaviour, attitudes to learning and movement around the school.
  • There is zero tolerance of derogatory, racist and homophobic language by the school. Pupils are very clear about this.
  • The revised procedures mean that any incident of bullying is dealt with promptly and effectively.
  • Safeguarding is effective and the school is further developing this culture.

We are determined to make continued progress towards our goal of excellent behaviour at all times. Our main focus will continue to be to ensure that disruption to learning is minimised and that the unacceptable behaviour of a minority of students is handled swiftly, effectively and sustainably to ensure it improves in the long term. We are giving particular attention to transitions between lessons and behaviour at break and lunchtime.

Next week Mr Bullock will be conducting a full pupil survey to ascertain how pupils feel about school life.

Mrs Harrison is also meeting with a group of parents to discuss our review of the Behaviour for Learning system.

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week I would like to recognise Callum Silcox from 7C, who together with his family, raised an impressive £2,500 for Clic Sargent, a children’s cancer charity.

Fundraising continues

In a similar vein, I would like to mention Mrs Flint, who on Sunday 22nd April 2018, will be continuing this year’s fundraising effort for the Teenage Cancer Trust by running the London Marathon. Training is going well and she hopes to raise an additional £2000 for this amazing charity. Students can show their support by donating £2 to take part in a sweepstake to guess her finishing time or online donations can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ JessicaFlint_TeamLegend

P A Ramsey
Headmaster

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