I am delighted to present to you the latest Tytherington Ofsted report. You will recall that Ofsted paid us a visit on 26th and 27th April 2022. The report opens with a line which in many ways captures the very essence of our school community: “Pupils and students told inspectors that Tytherington School is a safe and happy place, where everyone feels included and can make friends”.
Families will know that we’ve never done things for the purposes of Ofsted ratings or league tables, so I’m particularly pleased that the report recognises the high-quality education we provide at the school.
The two-day inspection specifically focused on the quality of education, curriculum design and planning, as well as the quality of behaviour, attitudes and safeguarding provision.
The inspectors said that “…Students have a strong voice in school life. They support and contribute to the leaders’ vision of a community school where everybody is welcome.”
The inspectors also recognised the fantastic behaviour and attitudes of the young people. The report states: “Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school building. They arrive to lessons on time. Pupils are considerate and respectful of others.”
I am also pleased that the inspectors recognised our unrelenting focus on delivering an ambitious curriculum for all students. The report states: “Leaders and trustees make clear their high hopes for pupils’ achievement and future lives. They provide pupils with a broad and ambitious curriculum. This curriculum is especially strong in the sixth form. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils, all access the same opportunities and experience success in school.”
There are so many other positives in the report including:
- The Sixth Form is strong. The report states: “Teachers are especially expert in subjects in the Sixth Form.”
- Our efforts to develop and sustain positive reading habits.
- Strength and breadth of our extra-curricular offer.
- Our Personal Development and Careers provision “covers the knowledge that pupils and student need to contribute positively and flourish in modern Britain”.
Lastly, I would like to say a huge thank you to parents and carers. You never know what sort of response you will get when you send out a survey about how the school is doing. You hope that people will be positive, but you are never quite sure. The Lead Inspector said that the feedback, especially the free text comments, was among the best he had encountered. I’m genuinely humbled by your faith in the school.
The report can be accessed by clicking here.
If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to make contact.
Mr Emmanuel Botwe