The report of our OFSTED Inspection published this week concludes that John Masefield High School continues to be a good school. The new Inspection system places significantly more demands on schools. We are pleased that many achievements of the school have been recognised in a positive report.
Over the course of the two days Inspectors visited lessons, spoke with staff and students, considered parent questionnaire responses and examined school policies and provision. The report praises strong contributions from all members of the school community.
Comments about teaching include ‘School leaders have constructed a rich and engaging curriculum’ and ‘Parents rate teachers’ high expectations because they push pupils to do more. Many say teachers go ‘above and beyond’ for their children.’
The report also identified excellent support for students with special educational needs and a wide range of provision for personal development for all students. Behaviour of pupils was considered to be a significant strength of the school with the report noting ‘Pupils behave well. They are polite to teachers and considerate to their peers.’ and ‘Pupils are happy and feel safe at school.’
What comes through strongly throughout the report is that John Masefield is a school where there is strong support from staff, students, parents, and carers.
Headteacher Andy Evans felt that Inspectors had been extremely thorough in their work but had reached a conclusion that recognised many of the strengths of John Masefield. He commented:
‘I am delighted and extremely proud of the school community for all the work that goes into making John Masefield such a good school. The report is testament to the commitment we all share to providing excellent and enjoyable learning in a safe and supportive environment. Whilst this is a positive report, we are always seeking to build and improve on the strengths of the school. We will continue to work tirelessly to make JMHS the best place to learn. I would like to thank the staff and governors for their tremendous hard work and give rich praise to the students, parents and carers who play such a crucial role in the success of our school.’
The full OFSTED Report can be accessed here: John Masefield High School OFSTED Report November 2022