Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school
- The headteacher, supported well by the deputy headteacher and other senior leaders, has improved all aspects of the school. Rigorous systems which cover key aspects of school life are now in place. This ensures that all pupils receive a good standard of education.
- The headteacher has the overwhelming support of staff, parents and governors.
- Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding. The school’s positive ethos and ‘Magdalen Values’ are woven into everything that the school does. Pupils’ behaviour in classrooms, corridors and on the playground is exemplary.
- The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good throughout the school. Teachers monitor the progress of pupils rigorously and ensure that any pupils who fall behind receive extra support quickly.
- Pupils benefit from a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment activities, including sports clubs, musical instrument tuition and educational and residential visits.
- Leaders and governors make regular checks on the standards of teaching, pupils’ work and progress. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development because the checks are robust.
- Leaders responsible for the early years and for those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are knowledgeable and ensure that these pupils make good progress.
- Pupils make consistently good progress from their often low starting points in a range of subjects. This is because teachers assess pupils accurately and are therefore clear about the next steps in pupils’ learning.
- Pupils in lower key stage 2 are not given opportunities to use spelling, punctuation and grammar skills in extended pieces of writing across the curriculum.
- Pupils are not given opportunities to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills in mathematics.
- Senior leaders should continue to support the effective, new subject leaders in English and mathematics to ensure that standards in these subjects continue to rise.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school.
Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. If your child is at a boarding or a residential special school, it also asks for your opinion on five aspects of your child’s boarding or welfare. We will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when.
When inspecting education in independent schools, we recommend when inspection should take place but inspect at the request of the DfE.