13 June 2016
The independent school include Bristol, which offers alternative education under the proprietorship of Catch22, gained a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating across the board in an inspection carried out in April 2016.
This school was commended for the positive outcomes learners achieve. Seven include schools have been awarded a ‘Good’ inspection grade across Catch22’s network of independent schools in Bristol, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Salisbury, Suffolk, Thames Valley and West London, with Northampton awaiting its first inspection.
Inspectors commented that:
‘Encouraging everyone to be the best that they can be is at the heart of this school community. The school’s ethos, along with the shared vision and high expectations of all staff, enables everyone throughout the school to thrive. The strong focus on the assessment and development of pupils’ well-being enables pupils to be ready to learn. High levels of mutual respect exist between adults, pupils and the students in the sixth form.’
Notably, the school was rated ‘Good’ in all categories and the Ofsted report highlights the reasons for its judgement:
- Teaching and learning are good. Senior leaders ensure that staff receive regular, good-quality training. This helps them to develop as skilled professionals and provide pupils with increasingly effective learning support.
- Pupils’ attitudes, abilities and knowledge are accurately measured when they join the school. If progress slows, staff investigate the causes and make adjustments so that learning gets quickly back on track.
- Pupils and students leave school ready for the world of work, education and training. They successfully attain a good range of certificated courses, including GCSEs, which enables them to pursue and achieve their new ambitions.
- Students in the sixth form make consistently good progress and develop mature attitudes to learning. They leave school able to live at least semi-independent lives. Some go on to study A levels at college.
- The health and safety of pupils, students and staff are a high priority. The proprietor, and those responsible for governance, have ensured that all of the independent school standards are met.
Commenting on the report, Julie Catanach, Headteacher, said:
‘The outcome of this Ofsted report is testament to the hard work and commitment that staff give the school and the students. We are absolutely thrilled that we have been judged as a school that allows children to flourish and grow.
‘We work with the most vulnerable and complex students and giving them an education in line with that of their peer group allows them to move on successfully. I know I speak for myself and the staff when I say we feel honoured to work with these students and their families who in the face of great difficulties show great courage and determination.’
As part of the Catch22 group, include aims to make a difference to the future chances of the young people we work with by delivering quality services in a safe, positive and inspiring learning environment where teaching and learning is consistently good. As an alternative provider, the core of our work is to support those young people who are outside mainstream education and have a range of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Catch22 provides 4 to 18-year-olds with alternative education in order for them to progress and succeed in sustained education or employment. We do this through high quality teaching and learning based on effective relationships that enable the achievement of life skills and meaningful qualifications.
- Read the full Ofsted report for include Bristol
- Learn more about Catch22’s education provision
- Contact our Education team