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Ofsted safeguarding good practice survey 2010

Main good practice findings

The school’s strong commitment to safeguarding is shared by staff and governors. As a result, a culture of care prevails and permeates the school so that students feel safe and well cared for. 

Exceptionally effective pastoral support systems are in place.     

The arrangements and planning for making educational visits as safe as possible are a model of good practice. 

From the moment that students enter the school each morning, they state that they are helped to feel safe because senior staff undertake ‘meet and greet roles’ at each of the main entrances.  


Full Ofsted Inspection November 2009

Main Inspection Findings

The Deepings School provides its students with an outstanding quality of education. Since the last inspection, the innovative and dynamic leadership of the headteacher, senior managers and governors has brought significant improvements. Standards have risen year-on-year. 

Students of all abilities and backgrounds make exceptional progress and standards at the end of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the sixth form are all well above those found in the majority of schools. 

Central to the promotion of high standards is the good quality of teaching and the use of assessment. Inspectors judged over 40% of the lessons seen during the inspection to be outstanding. In these lessons, students make exceptional progress. 

The curriculum meets students’ learning needs exceptionally well.     

The school’s capacity for continuous improvement is outstanding.  


Full Ofsted Inspection february 2007  

Main Inspection Findings

This is a good school with some outstanding features that gives very good value for money.  

The school's 2006 GCSE results were the highest ever attained, exceeding the local and national average. 

The curriculum is outstanding, it meets statutory requirements and the balance of courses reflects the school's specialist status. The wide range of cultural and sporting extra curricular opportunities provided is particularly impressive. 

Achievement and standards are good overall but outstanding at Key Stage 3. Pupils make rapid progress against realistic targets at age 14. Pupils' progress at age 16 improved significantly in 2006 and was above the local and national averages. 

The 2006 Key Stage 4 GCSE results exceeded the targets set by the governors and were above the national average. 

Personal development is good and pupils have a positive attitude to learning. Behaviour in lessons and assemblies is good. 

Overall, teaching and learning are good with a significant proportion of outstanding teaching. 

The school's specialist business and enterprise status has effectively influenced the teaching. The pupils are encouraged to be active, independent learners. 

The quality of the curriculum is outstanding. It provides excellent opportunities for all learners to progress well and reflects the school's specialist business and enterprise status. 

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