31/03/2019

An Inspector Calls

I guess I had something in common with Year 11 this weekend. As they were - hopefully - revising An Inspector Calls for their GCSE English Literature, I was preparing for the next time one arrives.

An Inpsector Calls

Schools are currently being invited to comment on version of the Ofsted Inspection Framework, which will come into effect from next September.

I’ve experienced seven Ofsteds in my career, five as a Head. And I have to say that from what I’ve seen so far the latest iteration would seem to offer potentially the most effective means of truly capturing, albeit as a snapshot, what a school truly stands for.

Because the proposed new Framework focuses on overall ‘Quality of Education’; a rounded picture of what a young person experiences throughout their time at school, not just data-driven performance outcomes when they leave. That in turn means that inspectors will assess the relationship between:

Intent - the school’s vision for what it wants it’s young people to experience and achieve...

Implementation - how it goes about making this happen through the curriculum offer and wider extra-curricular opportunities that are made available, and...

Impact - the overall effect of this offer on young people’s progress, attainment and personal growth and development.

And that’s why I’m feeling confident... and optimistic.

If you reflect on our intent, a values-driven commitment to offering a fully rounded learning experience, it’s implementation through the breadth of both the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities and I think you can clearly identify real depth of impact.

In just the last ten days, for example...

Our Year 8 girls have won through to the regional finals of the Lady Taverners' Cricket Finals...

Lady Taverners Cricket

Our Year 11 Drama students received rave reviews for their performance of The Brylcreem Boys at the Greenham Common Control Tower, portraying with minimal props the powerful and very moving story of the crew of a Lancaster Bomber during a particularly harrowing bombing raid 75 years ago....

Brylcreem Boys Greenham

Our Sixth Mad Dog Rugby Academy students distinguished themselves at the Rosslyn Park 7s, the World’s largest school’s rugby tournament...

Mad Dog Rugby Park House

And sixty students from Years 10 to 13 celebrated the achievement of a Bronze Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, perhaps the best example I can think of the impact of an intent to provide a truly rounded educational offer...

DofE Park House School 2019

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