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The Principal Reports:

Neil Gallagher, Principal2018 Ofsted Inspection
As you may recall on Tuesday, 9th January we welcomed three Ofsted Inspectors to our school, this followed straight on from a particularly difficult previous day, when I was forced to close the school at lunchtime, due to a loss of power to the school site. Despite this, on the Tuesday, we were open bright and early, ready to greet our visitors for an 8.00am start.
It is almost five years since our last inspection, and we know that over the past few years we have enjoyed some amazing success in terms of the progress our students make and their personal development, during their time with us. Therefore, we were extremely optimistic and excited about show-casing our school.
We were inspected under the latest Ofsted framework, which came into force at the start of January, and so we were one of the very first schools to be inspected using the new parameters for a one-day inspection.
I am very pleased to announce that, in the opinion of the Ofsted inspection team, whilst Clacton County High School remains a good school, the inspectors found sufficient evidence to suggest that CCHS had demonstrated ‘strong practice and marked improvement’ and ‘this may indicate that the school is improving towards being an outstanding school’. With this in mind, they have recommended a section 5 Inspection to take place within two years. I hope that we will then achieve the status that the school; staff and students, deserve.
I was exceptionally pleased with the comments that the inspectors made within their report, and I would like to share just a few of these with you:
• In 2016, pupil’s progress to the end of Key Stage 4 was in the top 1% in the country,
• In 2017, pupils’ progress was well above average for pupils of all abilities and all groups.
• In the sixth form, students’ progress is very strong on academic courses and exceptional on vocational courses.
• Sixth form students are overwhelmingly positive about the sixth form, especially the support they receive from their teachers, both in and out of lessons.
• Staff are diligent in ensuring that secure arrangements for child protection are in place.
• Students have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online.
• Pupils say they feel safe. Teachers know them as individuals and are concerned about any personal matters that may affect learning in lessons. Pupils told inspectors that ‘you can be an individual’.
• Parent view responses agree that their child is safe and happy in school. Very nearly all agree that their child is well looked after.
• Inspectors watched students around school and in lessons, arrive and leave the canteen and concluded that they had seen confident self-assured learners who have excellent attitudes to their learning and want to do well. This is reflected in their work.
• Bullying is rare and any instances are dealt with effectively. Pupils are confident that the school has strong and effective strategies to promote high standards of behaviour.
• Pupils are positive about the curriculum and the amount of choice. Governors are very clear that pupils should have every opportunity to excel in the subjects for which they have a passion.
This is a flavour of their comments, and a copy of the full report will be available on the Ofsted website and on our own website from today.
I was exceptionally proud of all of the staff and the students; all were a real credit, demonstrating throughout the day to the inspectors how our PROUD ethos is embedded into everyday school life and how our vision of ‘higher expectations, raising aspirations’ is reflected within all aspects of teaching, learning and extra-curricula.
Congratulations to the CCHS community on such a positive report, a tribute to the hardwork and commitment of staff and students.
Neil Gallagher, Principal CCHS

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