Latest Ofsted Report
Ofsted placed Reading Girls' School in special measures following the inspection in December 2015, and the inspectors returned for their first monitoring visit on 29th and 30thJune. The report on this visit is available for you to download and read.
The main strengths identified by the inspectors and mentioned verbally during the visit or in the report are:
- Students feel safe and cared for. Relationships with staff are a real strength. Students are very positive about their teachers: they feel teachers are “committed” and “easy to approach”.
- If students have any concerns, they know who to go to and feel their concerns will be dealt with. The lead inspector said, “This school cares.”
- Safeguarding practices are very strong: safeguarding staff are passionate about supporting students, and “they know these girls”. Students are very confident about e-safety.
- There are areas of good practice in lessons, with some excellent work in students’ books and evidence of students clearly enjoying learning.
- Very good practice in Sixth Form Hair and Beauty.
- Careers information, advice and guidance is well thought-out and comprehensive.
- Good systems being are implemented and they are bringing increased consistency, but they need time to be properly developed, to embed and to demonstrate that they can have the impact they are designed to make.
- The Governing Body are clearly committed to the school. They are “dogged” in their determination to support the school through its improvement.
As the report points out, though, there are also clear areas for improvement, and difficulties at leadership level have meant that necessary improvements have not yet been implemented effectively.
The Governing Body, the School’s Leadership and all members of staff are absolutely determined that the School will come out of special measures quickly, and that the quality of education will be good and then outstanding, just as everybody connected with Reading Girls’ School wants it to be.