The latest Ofsted report was completed in July 2014 and identified that the school has been successfully "turned-around" and that a "strong trajectory of improvement has been secured".
Highlights include that students are proud of their school and feel it has changed for the better, that parents feel the school is safe and secure and are more engaged with the school and that students get on well.
The report also highlights that students progress and achievement has improved and that teaching in all subjects is improved.
Since this report, our GCSE results back this up and show even further improvement than Ofsted had seen with more students making better than expected progress at Deptford Green than at other local schools and 15% of students achieving an incredible 10 or more GCSEs and more A and A* grades in all subjects than ever before.
I would like to thank all students, staff and parents for their support during this period and we are now working hard to secure Outstanding across all areas of the school. Mr R Ellis
Audit June 2015
A school review was carried out at the request of the executive headteacher, Bob Ellis. A team of ten consultants with specialisms in most but not all subject areas worked in the school over a period of three days. Consultants were in the school as Year 11 pupils were completing end-of-year examinations and a week after pupils had ‘moved up’ one year, Year 7 becoming Year 8 and so on. Most teachers were seeing Key Stage 3 classes for the first or second time.
At the request of the headteacher almost all of the observations of lessons were 50 mins long. This meant the majority of observations were for whole lessons and the rest were for half of a double period. All heads of department carried out joint observations with consultants and fed back to teachers on the quality of teaching and learning with the consultant present.
Individual subject/s reports were completed by consultants and forwarded to the school.
The school had an OFSTED inspection in 2013 and was judged to require special measures. All four sections of the inspection report were graded inadequate. One year ago, in July 2014, the school was inspected again and graded as requires improvement. Inspectors wrote that significant progress had been made and the school was securing “a strong trajectory of improvement”. Leadership and management were judged to be good. In order to improve further, the following points were identified:
Improve the quality of teaching and learning so all is at least good and more is outstanding by:
- Ensuring that teaching in all departments stretches the more able and strongly supports those pupils who may occasionally struggle with their learning
- Making sure teaching closes quickly the remaining gaps in the progress of boys and girls
- Making sure that teaching is well planned so that all disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs make progress
- Developing further the skills of middle leaders to give succinct feedback to staff, identifying strengths and areas needing improvement in their teaching.
The brief for the consultants carrying out the review was to work alongside middle leaders and help strengthen their professional practice. It was agreed to carry out joint observations of teaching and for consultants to join middle leaders when they gave feedback to their colleagues. The leadership skills of middle leaders were therefore closely linked to planned improvements in teaching. Discussions with middle leaders included self-evaluations, future developments in departments, the use of data and assessment, curriculum changes and any changes to legal requirements.
3) Main findings
Deptford Green is now clearly a good school with significant strengths in leadership.
The headteacher and the senior leadership team have continued to build on many of the strengths referred to in the 2014 Ofsted report. The school ethos has strengthened and some of the early developments that were in place at the time of the last inspection have been embedded in the day-to-day life of the school. Improved examination results and the move from poor results and inadequate progress in 2012 to good progress in 2014 have given staff and pupils the confidence and belief that further improvements are possible in the future.
There have been significant improvements in all four key areas identified for improvement in the last report by Ofsted, three relating to teaching and one to the middle leadership.