You can find our most recent OFSTED report here.
In our last inspection, we were delighted that OFSTED recognised that many pupils’ experience of NWKAPS was transformational ‘due to the exceptional quality of the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development.’
We were judged good or outstanding in all categories except quality of education, where we need to continue training and developing teachers, encourage students to read more and ensure that lessons are as much about what pupils need to learn overall as they are about gaining the qualifications pupil’s need to secure a post-16 destination (an area in which we excel).
Following inspection, we are continuing to provide high-quality support for teacher training at our school. 498 training courses were taken by staff last year, including Level 7 NASENCO course, NPQSL and NPQH, and funding five teachers to gain qualified teacher status.
This year we have implemented a school-wide lesson structure based on highest-impact teaching techniques and strategies, instructional coaching and a year-long CPD cycle with an iterative, cyclical structure focussed around the learning challenges that students face, based on evidence from assessment and student work.
Teachers are using retrieval practice and formative assessment to build pupils’ long-term learning, inform next steps and ensure pupils have reached learning goals before they progress through the curriculum. And in every subject, a carefully sequenced curriculum ensures topics build on previous learning.
Students are being actively engaged in reading both for learning and pleasure to improve outcomes across all subjects. Books are now an active part of all classrooms, and we have introduced reading lessons and joined up reading support as part of our Team Around the Child.