Christopher Bennet, Headteacher of St Peter’s School, said: “The recent Ofsted report highlights a number of significant improvements that have been made to the quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and the leadership of the school. However, despite these improvements the school was judged to be ‘inadequate’ overall due solely to a lack of record keeping regarding our safeguarding practices for a small minority of pupils.
“I can reassure parents and the community that there is no evidence of any students being put at risk, but our record keeping did not satisfy the Lead Inspector.
“As a result, staff have put in many hours of additional work over the summer holiday period to update records and check procedures. This reflects our determination to address these issues immediately and ensure we can evidence that we do safeguard our students and adhere to all of our statutory obligations.” Our updated records and procedures were externally audited by two Local Authority personnel on Tuesday 4th October. The audit concluded that the school is now ‘more than compliant’ with meeting its statutory duty to safeguard its students.
The other areas of the report praised the school’s improvements which have resulted in a sharp rise in examination results. These included:
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – judged to be ‘good’
Behaviour of pupils - judged to be ‘good’
Outcomes for pupils - inspectors found that pupils make improved progress due to better teaching
Sixth form – judged to be ‘good’
The inspector noted: “Improvements led by the headteacher, noted at the time of the last monitoring inspection are now firmly established. New partnerships with other schools and stronger links between the school and its local community have raised expectations and made staff much more accountable.”
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