Following an inspection 14/15 May 2019, Ofsted concluded that Garth Hill College is once again a ‘good’ school in terms of overall effectiveness. Every judgement area was rated ‘good’ and the report is very complimentary about the progress that has been made since the last inspection.
This is a significant achievement for a very large school like Garth Hill to have re-gained their ‘Good’ status within a little over two years of being graded ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted. This is testament to the hard work, teamwork and dedication of pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers who have all contributed to this success.
In the summary of the key findings, Ofsted inspectors have praised the principal, leaders and governors who they found to have ‘acted quickly in making much needed changes. Leaders have worked with determination to hold staff to account more effectively and to improve standards.’
The report highlighted that ‘staff morale is high’, noting that ‘most teachers have strong subject knowledge and they plan challenging activities that engage pupils. Teachers know their pupils well. As a result, pupils respond positively to teachers’ instructions and they work well with their peers.’
The report also emphasised the impact on the students and described how ‘pupils are proud of their school. They talked animatedly to inspectors about the improvements since the last inspection. They wear their uniforms smartly and are very well mannered to visitors.’
The Governors were also praised in the report, stating that ‘governors are very knowledgeable about the school. They understand the school’s strengths and weaknesses and have ensured that external agencies have been involved in evaluating standards.’
Keith Grainger, Principal of Garth Hill College, said:
“We are delighted with the report from OFSTED. It reflects the collective hard work, dedication and commitment by staff, governors, pupils and parents over the last two years. It is important that everyone keeps working together to improve the College so that we make Garth Hill one of the best schools in the region.”
Liz Dolby, Chair of Governing Body, said:
“Everyone has worked tirelessly to make sure that the young people in our care are able to get the best education possible in a genuinely inclusive, energetic and successful community school. Going forward, we will be relentless in our determination to continue our improvement journey and deliver a truly inspiring, accessible and challenging curriculum to encourage every child to be the very best they can be.”
Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning, said:
"We are delighted with the good outcome of the Ofsted report for Garth Hill College. This is testament to the hard work and dedication to address the areas identified in the previous Ofsted inspection resulting in improved outcomes for the school. We thank the Headteacher, governors, staff and pupils for their hard work and commitment. We look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength."
To view the full report, visit the Ofsted website.
For more information on the council’s work with schools, visit the Bracknell Forest website.