Report March 2016

The most recent inspection took place in February 2016 and the school has been judged to be ‘Good’ in every area.

A copy of the report can be accessed below and I hope that you take the time to read what is a very positive summary of the effectiveness of the school. There are a number of areas highlighted as being particular strengths:

  • It is immensely satisfying to see the excellent outcomes for our students being recognised as such a strength of the school. Our students make good progress in all year groups, progress for many is rapid and their achievements at GCSE represent a significant achievement.
  • Students’ behaviour is good and they conduct themselves very well around the school, they are friendly, polite and courteous. This will come as no surprise to anyone who spends time with our students as they are a credit to the school and their parents
  • The school is very well led and managed and our middle leaders, both Leaders of Learning and Learning Managers, are seen as a strength of the school. It is clear that parents agree with this as all parental responses (and there was a high response rate for this) agree that the school is well led and that they would recommend the school to others. The report makes it clear that this level of parental support and approval is highly unusual.
  • Students feel very safe at school and parents feel that SWR is a school in which children can thrive. They are also very well prepared for the next stage of their education with high quality careers advice and guidance and the school is very successful in this area. The reports comments on the impressive range of opportunities available to students outside of the curriculum and also the breadth of choice and suitability of the curriculum.

Sir William Romney’s is not just a good school, it is a very good school. The outcomes from our students are very good and are improving and this is recognised by Ofsted. The school will next be inspected in three years from now and the challenge for us is to demonstrate that outcomes are not only good but that they are outstanding. Given the very high quality leadership and teaching, the very positive attitudes of our students and the tremendous support from our parents I am confident that we will achieve this.

Jon Bell