George Stephenson High School is a "Good" school (Ofsted December 2019)
We are delighted to report that Ofsted, in their most recent inspection in November 2019, have judged our school to be Good overall, and indeed Good in every single category. We believe that this is a real testament to our students and staff and to how hard we have all worked and how committed we are to providing the best possible educational experience for all of our students. Staff, students, parents, carers and governors all play their part and this report is a reflection of the effort, enthusiasm and determination that they display every day. In the report, Ofsted say that “staff have high expectations for pupils and each other. This is a key ingredient of the school community. During lesson visits, pupils were attentive and respectful. There are strong relationships between teachers and pupils. As a result, pupils have achieved better examination results in a wide range of subjects since the previous inspection”.
The care, guidance and support that we provide for our young people was again praised, with Ofsted saying that “staff are well trained to look after and care for pupils. They understand the school’s safeguarding procedures. They are aware of the need to share any concerns with appropriate people. They do so in a timely manner. Pupils know there is always somebody to talk to when they need help. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe.”
Ofsted also said that “George Stephenson High School has improved since the previous inspection. Staff, pupils and parents share this view”. At the previous inspection we were given a number of areas of improvement and the inspection team this time recognised that we had made great improvements in all of them particularly the improvements in progress across all subjects and by all groups of students. They specifically referenced the improvements in Mathematics, the progress of disadvantaged students and the attendance of students. Ofsted said “leaders’ strategies to improve attendance and improve behaviour have benefited pupils’ learning”.
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