OFSTED Good rating

Chipping Sodbury School has received a ‘GOOD’ rating from Ofsted in their latest inspection that took place in November.

The school received a good rating in the following categories: 

  • The quality of education 
  • Behaviour and attitudes 
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management 
  • Sixth-form provision 

“There are strong relationships between staff and pupils. Pupils enjoy school and feel safe. Parents agree that staff will go the ‘extra mile’ for pupils.”

 The report also found that the staff have high expectations for every child and that the school’s values ran through all aspects of school life.   Inspectors also found that there had been a big development in the curriculum offer since the last visit. 

 “It is now broad and ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND,” the report said.

 “Students in the sixth form value the wide and varied choice of courses available to them. Leaders have a clear vision for the curriculum.”

 Work to improve the Access Centre at the school was also recognised by the inspectors who said that pupils had benefited and were well supported by all staff.  The report also said that the governing body had improved its effectiveness and had applied greater challenge to how it holds leaders at the school to account.  There has been a significant strengthening of the effectiveness of governance. Members of the local governing body, trustees and trust leaders now apply greater challenge and hold leaders to account.

Headteacher Katherine Turner, who was appointed permanently in 2018, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the many strengths of Chipping Sodbury School.  This is a testament to the hard work by staff, students and governors to improve our school further.  The inspection team were very impressed with many aspects of our school and spoke positively about our provision and our students.  Having worked at Chipping Sodbury for a number of years, it is a school of which I am enormously proud and to have this important external validation of our many strengths is immensely gratifying.  We are not complacent and continue to work hard for our school community.’