Chew Valley Sixth Form is Outstanding...Again!

A surprise inspection, with less than 24 hours’ notice, has found Chew Valley Sixth Form to be outstanding for a fourth time.

A team of five inspectors were unanimous in their praise of post-16 provision at the school, commenting that ‘highly effective leadership of the sixth form ensures that all students make rapid and sustained progress.’  They noted that ‘the numbers securing places at university, including Oxford and Cambridge, are high.’

Headteacher Mark Mallett was delighted by the findings: ‘Every aspect of our work with the sixth form was found to be outstanding.  Teaching, learning, marking, behaviour and achievement were all found to be of the highest quality.  ‘Exemplary’ is an adjective seldom found in Ofsted reports, but they were compelled to use it when describing our sixth form provision.  The whole community can take legitimate pride in an outstanding learning facility here at Chew Valley.’

The inspectors were particularly complimentary about the students’ engagement in their school (for example through the Change and Create teams) and the ‘exceptionally strong’ pastoral care provided by both teaching and non-teaching staff.  The report explicitly recognised the very strong relationships forged by teachers with their pupils to enable all students, irrespective of background or ability, to make good academic progress.  Mr Mallett said, ‘Ofsted clearly recognised the strength of inclusivity at Chew Valley’.

In the main school, all judgements were graded Good with a clear recognition that the school is on an upward trajectory.  The school will be using the report’s pointers for improvement to define an action plan which will be presented to the governing body and published on the school’s web-site before the end of term. 

In a letter to parents, Mr Mallett thanked them for the confidence and appreciation they had expressed in the Ofsted on-line questionnaire.  ‘When 97% of respondents said that they would recommend the school to a family member or friend,’ he wrote, ‘it was clear the school has resounding support from the parent body.’  

Read the full Ofsted Report here.