OFSTED SAYS NEWBRIDGE CONTINUES TO BE A GOOD SCHOOL
Newbridge staff and governors are delighted that the school has retained its ‘GOOD’ rating following its inspection on 7th February. Inspectors praised the quality of teaching and recognised the progress that students make at the school. The report states:
“You have ensured that the quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers use their good subject knowledge to ensure that pupils develop the skills and
understanding they need to be successful.”
Particularly praised were the quality of safeguarding and pastoral care at the school. The report makes it clear that:
“Safeguarding is effective. Your records show that staff take swift and appropriate action in response to any concerns they have about pupils’ welfare.”
“A number of parents praised the excellent pastoral support at the school. One
wrote, ‘Every child matters at this school. They should be proud of what they have achieved.’”
Stewart Goacher, Headteacher, said, “I am very pleased with the report. The hard work of all our staff, our students, and the invaluable support of our parents, has meant that we continue to provide high quality education for the young people of Coalville.”
Inspectors thought that the governors of the school were effective in holding the senior leadership team to account. Roger Cairns, chair of governors said:
“I am delighted that the school has received the recognition that it deserves.”
Not only is the school offering high quality learning opportunities for all students but Inspectors also found that the school has been effective in supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are making good progress, have improved attendance, and are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Inspectors also praised the quality of the school’s assessment system that has been devised in partnership with other local schools.
“You have worked effectively with partner schools to develop your own system of assessment that promotes pupils’ progress across different phases of education. Pupils and their parents have a good understanding of the different pathways.”
Stewart Goacher added: “The school values its partnerships. We recognise that everyone benefits when we work closely with other schools. The school continues on its journey to further improvement, with the aim to ensure all of our young people receive outstanding opportunities. Inspectors agree with our assessment of what we still need to work on. We are determined that the school will continue to improve.”
Inspectors noted that all students liked the range of lunchtime activities available to them and praised the opportunities on offer to students. No evidence of disruptive behaviour in lessons was found. A room set up to support students with challenging behaviour was seen as effective in providing a safe haven for pupils to receive one-to-one support and counselling and re-engage in their learning.
Special assemblies have been held at the school to ensure that all students know what inspectors think of the school and to thank them for their continuing hard work. A full copy of the Ofsted report is available here.