Holy Trinity ‘requires improvement’ says Ofsted
Holy Trinity School ‘requires improvement’ according to its latest Ofsted report which found the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils in some of the school’s year groups needs to improve.
The senior school on Buckswood Drive in Gossops Green was visited by inspectors on November 29 where its rating was changed from satisfactory.
The rating means Holy Trinity is not yet a ‘good’ school, but it is not ‘inadequate.’
The school was given a ‘good’ rating for the behaviour and safety of pupils and the school’s leadership and management.
Pupils were described as making ‘uneven progress across and within subjects because of the inconsistencies in the quality of teaching.’
It said progress was more consistent and ‘usually good’ in English, Maths and Science but criticised progress of students in Years 7 - 9. The report said: ‘Progress is weakest in Key Stage 3. This means that too many students are behind when they start Key Stage 4.’
The report said in the least effective lessons, teachers often expected all students to complete the same work in the same amount of time which frustrated the most able and the less able students. Students did not receive feedback about how well they were doing and did not move to a higher level of learning when they were ready, the report said.
But students were found to be making ‘good progress’ in the school’s sixth form.
Inspectors found there were examples of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ teaching in many subjects but said ‘there was too much’ improvement needed at Key Stage 3 level.
The report said where teaching was good, the tasks set for pupils were ‘imaginative, varied and appropriately demanding.’
Pupil’s behaviour was deemed as ‘good’ and inspectors said students were ‘typically courteous, friendly and good humoured.’
The school environment was judged to be ‘caring and supportive’ and students felt a ‘strong sense of belonging reflected in their high attendance.’
Pupils were found to have a strong sense of right and wrong and ‘appreciate that people were different and know the value of tolerance and compassion.’
Sixth formers were described as ‘wonderful ambassadors for the school and excellent role models.’
The head teacher was praised for his leadership and the way he had ‘united’ pupils. He was found to have an ‘uncompromising ambition for all students to achieve their best academically and personally.’
The report said the school should make a series of improvements by its next inspection.
Inspectors said it should Improve teaching, especially in Key Stage 3, to at least good by ensuring all teachers provide feedback to students in lessons and in their marking of work.
Teachers should match the different ability levels of students with the standard of work given, and deliver the lessons at an ‘appropriate pace’. The report said getting girls to participate as much as boys was a requirement for the school to improve and and ensure teaching assistants were utilised to the make the best possible impact on student achievement.
The school will receive another full inspection within 24 months.
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