School’s determination to improve yields good results

Yasmin Maskatiya
Yasmin Maskatiya

The efforts made by teachers to bring their school up to scratch have been praised by Ofsted.

Chichester High School for Boys underwent its first monitoring inspection on February 5 after being told to improve last July.

I believe that if we had another full inspection now we would achieve a ‘good’ rating.

Yasmin Maskatiya, executive principal

In his report, inspector Matthew Newberry said executive principal Yasmin Maskatiya, along with senior leaders and governors, had taken “effective action” to tackle the areas which needed improvement.

Mr Newberry noted how stronger teaching had led to boys were making better progress in English, maths and many other subjects, with last year’s GCSE results also improving.

He advised more needed to be done to accelerate the progress of children in Key Stage 3 so they matched that of the older students. Ms Maskatiya agreed this was the case and added: “Now the priority is to ensure the teaching is excellent throughout the school. We have a training programme in place to further embed top quality teaching in all year groups and all subjects.”

The school is undergoing a period of huge change as it will close in August to merge with the girls’ school. A total of 12 staff left between September and December and five of them have not been replaced. Ms Maskatiya said a drop in student numbers this academic year meant fewer staff were needed.

After observing lessons, Mr Newberry praised the way teachers had high expectations of all pupils and stretched the most able to produce high-quality work.

He described the atmosphere in the classrooms as “calm, purposeful and productive”, with pupils proud to explain their achievements and the progress they had made.

The governance of the school was found to be strong with chairman Peter Waters showing a “determined drive to improve teaching and learning”. While an external review of governance was called for following July’s inspection, Mr Newberry accepted it could be delayed until the merger was complete.

Ms Maskatiya said she was “immensely proud of how rapidly and impressively” the school was improving.

She added: “We are totally committed to providing high quality education for all our young people and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve that goal.”

Describing the school as already radically different to how it was a year ago, she said: “By the end of this year I am expecting even further achievement and success. I believe that if we had another full inspection now we would achieve a ‘good’ rating.”

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