Devizes School Receives Praise from Ofsted
The White Horse Federation’s Devizes School has won praise from Ofsted in a recently published report. Following an inspection in March, Ofsted has determined that the secondary school and sixth form college is a ‘good’ school, having improved since their last visit in June 2015.
Devizes School achieved the ‘good’ classification almost four years ago. However, in recent years, changes to what constitutes a ‘good’ school have made achieving the rating more challenging, which demonstrates the improvement the school has made since the last inspection to maintain its status.
Phil Bevan, Principal, said: “We are incredibly proud of our school and delighted that this excellent Ofsted report accurately represents what we see every day in school. We remain fiercely ambitious to go from strength to strength, and we will continue to focus on improving teaching and learning, behaviour, student outcomes, and the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.”
Devizes School joined The White Horse Federation family in February 2017. Since then, we have worked closely with the school to make continual improvements, and the report evidences that our efforts are making an impact. The report reads: “Middle leaders, governors and representatives of the multi-academy trust (MAT), to which the school belongs, are united by a common purpose. They ‘pull together’ to implement whole-school strategies for improvement.”
Ofsted also says: “The school has benefited from the support provided by the MAT. Staff now work closely with colleagues from other trust schools to improve the transition from primary to secondary school.”
The Ofsted inspectors were quick to highlight the positive atmosphere at Devizes School and the high morale of its students, writing in the report: “The school is a welcoming, inclusive place where pupils learn to become tolerant, accepting young people. They are polite, articulate and personable. Pupils who spoke with inspectors reported that they valued their school experience, in large part because of the positive relationships that they share with staff.”
The report also praised the principal and senior leaders, saying: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since you [the principal] took up post in April 2016, you have raised the expectations of staff and pupils. You are ably supported by other senior leaders, who share your ambition to improve outcomes for all pupils.”
The White Horse Federation is extremely proud of Devizes School and delighted that the recent Ofsted report demonstrates just how special the school is. The hard work of the principal, staff, students, and parents is having a significant impact and helping to improve outcomes for all the young people who attend the school.