There are two different types of Ofsted inspection. A Section 5 general inspection is conducted over two days by a team of inspectors looking at all aspects of school life. A Section 8 survey inspection is normally conducted by one inspector over one or two days and will focus upon a particular aspect of the school. For outstanding academies such as Prince Henry’s, this type of inspection is likely to become more commonplace. Links to all of our recent inspections are given in the blue box.
Ofsted Subject and Survey Inspections (Section 8 Inspections)
Ofsted published its report on More Able Students (see the report written by Keith Watson, Vice Chairman of Governors). As a result of a survey visit by Ofsted undertaken in November 2014, Prince Henry’s was featured very favourably (see page 21 of the full report) and was commended in what was otherwise a critical report of the progress and attainment of higher ability pupils in secondary education nationally.
We received an inspection visit as part of a wider survey, looking into the way that Prince Henry’s uses alternative provision for the small number of students at the school who need to access educational provision away from the main school site. Although survey inspections do not give a formal judgement under separate headings in the way that full inspection visits do, the same rigorous standards were applied to the inspection process, and once again, we received a ringing endorsement from Ofsted, including an observation that “Leaders and support staff are prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ for the students”.
Our Science Department underwent a full subject specific inspection and, the inspector found all aspects of our Science Department to be outstanding. Here are some quotations from his report:-
“Almost all students make outstanding progress in Science and achieve high standards overall both at GCSE and at A Level.”
“Lessons are characterised by very high expectations of what students are capable of achieving.”
“The quality of the curriculum in Science is outstanding.”
General Inspections (Section 5)
Prince Henry’s most recent full inspection visit by Ofsted was conducted 30th April – 1st May 2013, under Ofsted’s new and even more rigorous judgement criteria. Once again, the school was judged to be Outstanding in all areas: achievement of pupils (including Sixth Form); quality of teaching; behaviour and safety of pupils; leadership and management; and overall effectiveness. Please take time to read this report by clicking on the link in the blue box. However, among the comments contained within the report, the inspectors noted that:-
“The school provides an exceptionally high quality of education for its students. They make outstanding progress in their academic and personal development.”
“Teachers have very high expectations of students and develop excellent working relationships in the classroom. Students have very positive attitudes towards their learning.”
“Students are very proud of their school. Their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary.”
“The Sixth Form is outstanding and students make excellent progress on their AS-level and A-level courses. Students receive first-rate information, advice and guidance, which help them to make well-informed decisions about future employment, education and training.”
The Headteacher is very ably supported by his Senior Leadership Team. School leaders are relentless in their drive for improvement in all parts of the school’s work.”
The very experienced governing body is exceptionally effective. Governors provide both support and challenge for the school and are committed to its continued improvement.”
The previous full inspection visit, held in May 2010, also judged Prince Henry’s to be Outstanding with an Outstanding Sixth Form. The opening remarks in the inspectors’ report on that occasion stated:-
“Prince Henry’s is an excellent school which continues to provide an outstanding education. The students say they enjoy school & that they are very well supported. Parents & carers are also very positive about their children’s education. As one parent said, reflecting the views of others, ‘both my children have had a happy & fruitful time at Prince Henry’s. I have nothing but praise for the education they have received.”