Following the OFSTED inspection of the 6th-7th December 2022, we are delighted that Clyst Vale is now officially rated as a ‘Good’ school.
Inspectors recognised the significant improvements made since the overall “Requires Improvement” judgement in 2019. We have worked exceptionally hard to improve the curriculum and curriculum planning, including provision for students with SEND and it is heartening that this is reflected clearly in the report. The curriculum is “ambitious”, “leadership and staff have high expectations”, teachers effectively use “their strong subject knowledge”, and as a result students’ “work is typically of a high standard”.
Our ethos and values are very important to us, so it is wonderful to read that Inspectors recognised “the school values of ‘Respect, Participate, Learn’ underpin all aspects of school life”. Students know about human rights and understand the importance of being active citizens. Students develop a “strong sense of community”. As a result, most students behave well and bullying is rare.
Although the report is a lot briefer than those in the past, there are several other highlights, including strong personal development through extra-curricular clubs and activities, a “thorough Careers programme”, and school leaders identifying the correct priorities for further improvement.
Improving from Requires Improvement to Good is more of a challenge than is sometimes realised, so we are very proud of this achievement. Of course, this has been against the background of the covid pandemic, lockdowns and the aftermath, testimony to the commitment and persistence of students, staff and parents.
Dr Bawn is pictured with the Year 11 Head Students.
The full report can be accessed via the link below: