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What does OFSTED have to say about our school?

Belvidere School was judged to be 'Outstanding' in November 2013.

The continued success of Belvidere School has been recognised in our recent Ofsted report. Inspected in November 2013, the school was judged to be “Outstanding”. Only 20% of all schools nationally are rated Outstanding so this puts Belvidere at the very top of the Ofsted list. Students, staff, parents and governors are very proud of their contribution to this fantastic achievement. The report highlights the commitment from staff to achieve the very best for all of our pupils.

“Students in all year groups achieve exceptionally well and significantly above the national averages by the end of Key Stage 4 in a number of subjects, particularly in mathematics, science and humanities. This is as a result of outstanding teaching in these subjects”.

“Teaching is consistently good and frequently outstanding. In almost all lessons, teachers use their excellent subject knowledge to plan work that is challenging and gives students opportunities to work independently.”

“Students’ behaviour around school and in lessons is excellent. They show high levels of respect for staff and each other. They have very positive attitudes to learning which are reinforced by the high expectations of staff.”

“The headteacher and senior leadership team have high aspirations for the school and provide excellent leadership. All staff share their commitment to improve the quality of teaching and provide the best education for all students.”

“Achievement in mathematics has been consistently outstanding. In 2012 and 2013 the proportions of students making and exceeding expected levels of progress in mathematics were significantly above national averages. Current assessments show that achievement is continuing to improve.”

Full OFSTED Report available download here...

About Ofsted

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. It reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial; School Inspections are required by the Government to help parents judge how good a school is and to help schools improve the quality of teaching and learning. Ofsted writes independent reports of the quality of schools, checks whether pupils are achieving as much as they can and publishes the results on its website.

History  Ofsted

In 2011 Ofsted found the History department to be 'Outstanding during a single subject inspection.
"The overall effectiveness of History is Outstanding" A copy of the History report is available for download here...