Saxmundham Free School maintains Good Ofsted
Saxmundham Free School maintains Good Ofsted with Outstanding features
Saxmundham Free School is celebrating after maintaining its ‘Good’ result from Ofsted, following a recent inspection on 20 February. It has maintained the ‘Good’ grade it achieved in 2014 and has again been recognised for Outstanding qualities in ‘Leadership and Management’, and ‘Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare’.
Ofsted inspectors praised Saxmundham Free School for its high aspirations and expectations of students and staff. GCSE results have risen significantly with many students achieving top 7, 8 and 9 grades (equivalent to A, A* or higher) in August 2017.
The report says: “All groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, made good progress.” Year 11 students achieved half a GCSE grade higher overall than other students nationally. Inspectors praised the ‘exceptional’ progress students have made in GCSE English.
The Ofsted report says: ‘high-quality pastoral care, founded on the trust’s ‘6 c’s to success of cooperation, commitment, confidence, community, challenge and celebration, underpins much of the school’s work.’ and praises the ‘good sense of community, where everyone knows you, and staff and pupils are friendly.” Parents also praised the School and said they would recommend it to others.
David Lees, Headteacher at Saxmundham Free School, said: “Our Good Ofsted report is testament to the hard work and commitment of our teachers and staff for providing a purposeful and stimulating environment for our students to learn and thrive. We are proud to maintain our Good Ofsted and we aim to build on our achievements going forward.”
Commenting on David Lees’ leadership qualities and the plan for him to become Head of both Saxmundham and Beccles Free Schools from April, the report praises how he has ‘set the tone for the school’s high aspirations, and for the equally high aspirations of pupils and staff’ and states that ‘Trust leaders acknowledge your proven leadership.’ Suitable plans are in place, it states, for Mr Lees to build on the good outcomes and continue to secure further improvement.