Ofsted 2013 Press Release

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                Achievement: 1

                Teaching: 1

                Behaviour and Safety: 1

                Leadership and Management: 1

                Overall Effectiveness: 1

Inspectors visiting the school last month concluded that the achievement, quality of teaching, student behaviour and leadership and governance at the school were all outstanding commenting that: ‘Teachers make learning fun. They are enthusiastic about their subjects and know them well.’

‘Outstanding teaching is based on excellent relationships between staff and pupils’, concluded inspectors continuing: ‘Students take on many different responsibilities. What they have to say is taken very seriously and used to improve the quality of their education and surroundings.’

Headteacher, Chris Beckett, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as outstanding once again by Ofsted.

“The success of our school is a real team effort with the leadership team, governors, teaching staff, administrative staff, students, parents and wider school community all playing an important part. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to making The Deepings the successful school that it is.”

The school, which was also judged as outstanding in 2009, was particularly praised for its consistently high GCSE results – 68% gaining five A*-C grades including English and maths in 2012 – its staff and student research programme and its teacher training and support. Inspectors highlighted the significance of teachers’ high expectations of students as a key factor of classroom achievement and praised the work of the school’s leadership team and governors. Students make exceptional progress in the Sixth Form, which was also seen as being 'outstanding!'

‘Teachers, including the headteacher, are rigorously held to account for the success of the students. Members of the governing body closely monitor all aspects of school life. They stay fully informed through meeting staff, pupils and parents’, concluded inspectors.

Inspectors also found that the school, which joined CfBT Schools Trust in February 2012, ‘has been well supported during its conversion to become an academy’ adding: ‘School leaders draw expertise from the local authority and the academy trust.’

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, said: "Congratulations to all involved at the school – staff, students, governors and parents and carers. The school is outstanding in all areas – leadership and management, pupils achievement, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety of pupils. This is well deserved and has come about through hard work and dedication. I look forward to many more years of success for the Deepings School."

Chair of Governors Jonathan Theobalds, said: “Governors have always been confident that The Deepings school has not been resting on its laurels since our Outstanding 2009 Ofsted judgement and that Chris Beckett and the leadership team have continued to improve the school. To have this affirmed by the rigour of this latest Ofsted inspection is fantastic. We are all delighted and very proud of the achievements of the school, and it is the hard work and commitment of all of our staff and students that has been rewarded by this Outstanding judgement. It provides a brilliant spring board for the eagerly awaited September opening of our new state of the art Sixth Form centre and the exciting remodelling of the school organisational structure.''

Parent said: 'I just had a look at the recent email on the Ofsted report.  I wanted to pass on my thanks and to say, Well Done!  to all at the Deepings School as you are doing a brilliant job. I am so pleased my three children are at the school and I just wanted to say thank you'.

Steve Munby, CEO, CfBT Education Trust said: "This outstanding report is a testimony to the hard work of the students, the commitment and professionalism of the staff and the excellent leadership from the head teacher, the senior staff and the governors.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Deepings School to ensure that other schools have opportunities to learn from their excellent practice."

Anna Crispin, Schools Director at CfBT Schools Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted that The Deepings School has maintained its status as an outstanding school. Their success is testament to the hard work of the students, the professionalism of the teaching staff and the leadership of the headteacher and governors.”

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