On 19th and 20th March 2024, we were inspected by Ofsted, with the outcome that we continue to be a ‘Good’ school! 

The report offered many highlights and strengths, including an overall message that our school fosters a culture of aiming high, focusing on both academic excellence and personal conduct.

Our students 

One standout aspect of our school is its emphasis on tolerance and respect, with students demonstrating these values in their relationships. Ofsted noted this through reporting that bullying is taken seriously, with students encouraged to address it, confident that adults would promptly intervene if necessary.

Ofsted also noted that students readily embrace our school’s core values and understand how they shape their choices and interactions. Academically, students enjoy their lessons and express enthusiasm for the wide range of opportunities available beyond the classroom. 

Sporting activities are particularly popular, with our school ensuring that all students can participate, whether competitively or inclusively. Ofsted noted there are various extracurricular activities, such as debate clubs, theatre trips, and Spanish film club, providing a well-rounded experience for students.

Our staff

The inspection noted how our school leadership maintains a focus on delivering high-quality education. Students trust in our staff to support them and ensure their safety, contributing to an overall sense of happiness and achievement.

High expectations are set for all students, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), ensuring equal ambition and support. Positive behaviour is consistently reinforced, with structured systems in place to address any disruptions. Moreover, we place a strong emphasis on personal, social, health, and economic education, fostering mature discussions on equality, diversity, and safety.

Key Stage 3 students benefit from bilingual preparation in French and Spanish, enhancing their readiness for high school. Our curriculum’s thoughtful organisation facilitates continuous learning, complemented by subject-specialist teaching across all ages. Additionally, recent initiatives focusing on reading culture development ensure support for students struggling with literacy.

Our Future 

Preparation for future employment is a priority, and the Ofsted inspection was able to see this through comprehensive exposure to various career paths through PSHE lessons and career fairs. Staff members express satisfaction with leadership support and a conducive workload environment, contributing to a proud school community ethos. 

In addition, it was noted that our school’s governance and oversight are robust, ensuring a sharp focus on the school’s priorities and continuous improvement.

Headteacher Jenny Bullock comments on the Ofsted inspection and report stating: “We are delighted with the report following the recent Ofsted inspection and we feel it clearly conveys how fantastic our pupils are, and the enormous commitment and dedication from the staff team and Local Governing Body. A huge thank you to our parents who have supported us on our journey of improvement over the last few years. We very much look forward to continuing to ensure that we aim high for all our pupils at OMS”

As we commemorate this achievement, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a nurturing learning environment for all.