2014 Ofsted Report - Monitoring Visit
From Chair of Governors, Mr Michael Glass:
As you know, JFS had a Monitoring Inspection Visit on Monday 1 December to assess progress made since the OFSTED Inspection in July. This was not a re-inspection and so the School was not re-graded. The Inspector, Mark Phillips, was required to make only one judgement and he concluded that:-
“Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.”
This is an important conclusion for him to have reached and demonstrates that he is convinced the School is on the right path. He also found that:
“Although the inspection judgement came as a surprise and disappointment to the school community, the Ofsted report was understood and accepted by senior leaders and governors. Together, they have acted professionally and resolutely to start tackling the areas for improvement.”
Commenting on his meeting with some of the Governors, Mr Phillips observed:-
“I was left in no doubt about their determination to return the school to its ‘outstanding’ status, an ambition that is clearly shared in equal measure by the senior leadership team.”
Building on the progress already made, we are now determined to respond to the further actions noted by Mr Phillips. These are that the revised policy for Behaviour, which will be implemented in January, is applied consistently; that the range of sanctions are reviewed and that lesson observation by Senior and Middle Leaders has a focus on students’ learning behaviour. To that end, we are very grateful to the many parents who took time to respond to the Consultation last month.
As Mr Phillips commented, the Governors know that the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team share our determination to regain the outstanding judgement achieved in the previous OFSTED report. I am delighted that all the actions being taken have the full support of Lord Levy, the School’s President. I hope parents are also reassured that we are taking all necessary steps to address these issues.
If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised by the Monitoring Visit then please do write to me (in strictest confidence) by email at email@example.com.
To view the letter from OFSTED please click here.
I wish you a Happy Chanukah and a restful break during the upcoming holidays.
Chair of Governors
From Headteacher, Mr Jonathan Miller:
You will have received from Michael Glass, Chair of Governors, the report of the recent Monitoring Inspection Visit. Mark Phillips, the Inspector, concluded the School is taking effective action to tackle the areas for improvement identified in the OFSTED Inspection last July.
During this term, the School has been working hard to achieve this outcome. However, there is still more to do. As you will recall, I have written to parents on a number of occasions about student attendance. I am pleased, therefore, that Mr Phillips notes:-
“Information gathered about patterns of attendance is more detailed, and procedures for monitoring attendance have also improved. Attendance in the sixth form has risen, particularly in Year 12.”
We will continue to expect that students attend school unless there are completely unavoidable reasons why this is not possible.
With regard to Student Behaviour, there has been extensive consultation on the revised Behaviour Policy with staff, parents and students. I am grateful to the parents and students who contributed to this exercise – every single comment was considered. As part of the redrafting following this consultation, we describe in the policy a ‘ladder of consequences’ which clearly presents the consequences if, rarely we hope, students behave inappropriately. We aim to be ready to publish and implement the revised policy in January and will work to ensure that the policy is implemented consistently across the School – by staff, students and parents.
As we have been addressing the areas for development this term, I have been grateful for the dedication and support of parents, students, staff, as well as the School’s Governing Body. A number of Governors in particular have been available to come into the School, often at very little notice, and with no regard for the time involved.
When I wrote to parents in September I commented on the statement in the July report that we have an aspirational vision for the School. Mr Phillips has noted the determination of the Governing Body and the Senior Leadership Team – this determination is shared amongst all the staff of JFS. As always, our aim is to provide the very best education for all our students.
The School had an OFSTED inspection and a PIKUACH inspection of the Jewish Studies in the Spring of 2009. Both reported that JFS is an outstanding school.
The Ofsted report identified JFS as being outstanding in every one of the 39 measures by which schools are assessed.
In 2012, JFS was inspected by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE). Three NACE assessors spent a day at JFS observing lessons, and meeting students, parents, Governors and teachers. They reported that “The philosophy, culture and ethos of JFS are extremely aspirational...both within and beyond the curriculum”. They were deeply impressed by the pride the students have for their school, their “evident recognition and appreciation of staff commitment” and of the “exceptionally strong ethos of inclusive aspiration”. They also commented on the fact that at JFS “enrichment provision is extensive” with “a plethora” of extra- curriculum activities allowing all students the opportunity to “shine through”. When NACE grants its Challenge Award, the teaching and learning in those schools receiving the word must be “good or better”. However, the assessors judged that the teaching and learning at JFS is not “good or better” and is more accurately described as “outstanding”.
In 2011, JFS was granted 'Investors in People' status and in 2013 the school was awarded yet another kite mark; that of 'Investors in Careers'. The assessors report was extremely complimentary and indicated that JFS has “achieved the most exacting standards of excellence in Careers Education, information, advice and guidance”. This is a nationally recognised award to identify excellent practice in this area and it has been an aspect of work in which the staff at JFS invest considerable time and effort. We believe that students are more motivated and their achievements enhanced when they have a clear sense of their future options and receive realistic and individualised guidance and advice at all stages of their career in school.
To view the full 2009 Inspection Reports please click on the relevant links.