Keswick School achieves a perfect score with Ofsted

Keswick School was inspected under the new Ofsted framework between 4-5 February 2014. The school welcomed the inspection team and worked with inspectors to ensure that they had access to every aspect of school life. One inspector went straight into a KS3 assembly where the students were attempting to break three world records - that set the tone for the next couple of days!

The Ofsted framework rigorously evaluates school performance, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management. The inspectors met with students, staff and governors, took note of over 220 parent responses and observed 40 lessons. At the end of the inspection the lead inspector described the school as a remarkable community with exemplary students and academic standards that excel.

Every aspect of the school was graded 1 (outstanding). The overall effectiveness of the school was also graded as outstanding. The inspectors commented:

'The excellent leadership of the Headteacher, first-rate teaching, students' excellent attitudes to learning and knowledgeable governance all combine to make Keswick School outstanding.'

'Keswick School is a place where all students thrive and become mature adults who are extremely well prepared for their future lives.'

'Teachers are highly knowledgeable and have tremendous enthusiasm for their subjects. Their high expectations and use of varied and interesting resources ensure students are challenged to achieve their best whilst really enjoying learning.'

The inspectors also commented on the outstanding character of Keswick School's Sixth Form:

'The sixth form curriculum is excellent. Sixth formers are particularly well prepared for future employment and higher education through the outstanding programme of study they are given. They take full advantage of a myriad of opportunities to take responsibility and consequently make a major contribution to the success of the school.'