Keswick School was
inspected under the new Ofsted framework between 4-5 February 2014. This
framework, widely regarded to be the most challenging to date, came into effect
in September 2013. Always up for a challenge the school welcomed the inspection
team and worked with inspectors to ensure they had access to every aspect of
school life. One inspector went straight into a KS3 assembly where students
were attempting to break three world records! That set the tone for the next
couple of days.
The new 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. No stone was left unturned. 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:
leadership of the Headteacher, first-rate teaching, students' excellent
attitudes to learning and knowledgeable governance all combine to make Keswick
'Keswick School is
a place where all students thrive and become mature adults who are extremely
well prepared for their future lives.'
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
Ofsted judgement is a validation of the approach we take to secondary
education. We believe learning should be exciting and inspiring. We encourage
participation in a wealth of optional courses, visits, enrichment
opportunities, clubs and societies. Our students excel because they have
ambition, relish challenges and learn through failure how to be successful.
They enjoy coming to school and support, mentor, coach each other as well as
form life-long friendships. We carefully foster this community spirit - it's
part of our unique make-up. This is an outstanding school and it means a lot to
everyone; students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community.
'I'm delighted that
the Ofsted inspection team engaged in an active dialogue with the school during
this inspection. Their conduct was excellent throughout and it was clear that
they wanted to get to know how the school operated. They asked the searching
questions I would expect in a rigorous inspection and I was impressed with
their attention to detail. This makes it all the more pleasing that they drew
in the conclusions outlined in this inspection report.'