Sandon College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Please find below details of how you may access the Ofsted report following our recent inspection. I realise that there has already been information about this in the Press, however, the report has only been made official and published today and as such, is only available publicly now.
A copy of the report is available on the school website and will be available on the Ofsted website in the near future. Hard copies are available on request from the school reception.
As you may be aware, Ofsted visited a considerable number of City schools in the week commencing 12th January, followed by an inspection of the Local Authority the week after. Furthermore, Ofsted judges previous years’ performance by undertaking detailed analysis of achievement data from that period.
There is no getting away from the fact that last summer’s exam results were disappointing, as are the contents of the report. However, I can assure you that everyone connected with the school has worked tirelessly since September to make improvements. The improvements were being put into place even before the inspection. Ofsted did acknowledge the positive impact of these changes.
Leadership of the school now has an accurate picture of the considerable weaknesses and relative strengths of the school and has begun to address the most urgent areas for improvement.
Teachers are now provided with guidance to help plan lessons, making changes to the curriculum and providing support for teachers by working with other local schools. Rigorous performance management processes have been implemented. These actions are fully acknowledged and welcomed by the staff.
The school has recently introduced assessment booklets for teachers that provide simple yet very useful information to help them plan for the range of needs of the students they teach. Teachers have also had training on how to plan what students are expected to learn by the end of each lesson. Teachers have welcomed these initiatives.
A well-structured programme to improve reading skills is in place in Years 7, 8 and 9. This programme is successfully developing the reading skills of students and encouraging students to read more at home
Registration time is used well to explore relevant issues from local and international news and also to build confidence with words, grammar and spelling. Students attend assemblies each week which also encourage students to think hard about the world in which they live and how they make a positive contribution to British society. These opportunities promote tolerance and respect for diversity through a carefully considered programme of themes across the school.
I understand that many of you will now have deep concerns regarding the quality of education your child receives. I can assure you that robust plans are already well established to address the key areas for improvement. These plans will be published on our website in the near future.
Furthermore, I am happy to discuss these plans both with individual parents or groups of parents. Please telephone my PA, Mrs Wendy Horton, on 377125 to make a mutually convenient appointment. In addition, we are having an Open Week beginning Monday 9th March, when parents or any members of the community are welcome to come in and have a tour of the school and visit lessons during a normal working day. Tours will take place each day at 9.15 am; 10.30 am and 1.20 pm. Please contact Mrs Horton to book a place at any of these times.
I have now had meetings with every member of staff, who remain committed to rapid school improvement.
You may have also read in the Press that the school is pursuing avenues to become an academy in September. These discussions are still ongoing and as soon as there are concrete proposals I will provide further details.
The recent support we have received from parents has been excellent. I am convinced that with your continued co-operation with attendance, positive attitudes to learning, behaviour and uniform we will soon be part of a school that we are all proud of.
As I mentioned earlier, please get in touch if you want to speak to me personally, or alternatively, come to see us during the Open Week and let us show you the changes we have implemented.
Mr G W Jones
We work hard to ensure that our students are happy in their learning environment. Here's what they think:
'My advice to new students is to ask the teachers if you experience any difficulties - they are always very understanding and helpful.' -Year 7 student
'There are so many opportunities here that if you want to get involved, learning can be great fun. This has boosted my confidence and raised my career aspirations.' -Year 8 student
'My first year went really quickly. I thought I would not have made friends but now I have lots of friends from different schools. Sandon is a friendly school and I am glad I came here.' -Year 9 student
'Sandon has provided me with some excellent learning opportunities. I was involved in developing our China Links programme with our partner school in Shanghai and was very lucky to visit Zhen Hua School on an exchange visit.' - Year 10 student