All Saints Roman Catholic School in York has been accredited with an ‘Outstanding’ certification for its Mathematics provision for 11-18 year olds
Ofsted interviews in January with staff and students, scrutiny of relevant documentation, analysis of students’ work and lesson observations have led to citations of high attainment in GSCE and A level pass rates with more students than average achieving an A* or A grade, and indications for even better outcomes for 2013.
Student achievement, the quality of the school’s teaching, its curriculum and the effectiveness of its leadership and management of mathematics have all been graded by Ofsted as outstanding. The Inspector commended lessons as lively, challenging and encouraging and praised the Maths Department’s collaboration with other departments to share best practice.
In her report, which is available to read in its entirety on the Ofsted website, Jan Bennett, Her Majesty’s Inspector, said, “The new Heads of Department have re-energised mathematics over the last few years and built a very vibrant and successful department. Ambitious targets are set which students can raise further through individual negotiation with their teacher.
Many, especially boys, respond well to an extra challenge. The tracking of students’ progress is very robust and the department is at the forefront of developments to focus effort and remedial action where it is most needed.”
Headteacher Bill Scriven (pictured) commented, “We are absolutely thrilled with the certification. To have been awarded such a high accolade in Maths is a real tribute to the Subject Leaders, Jane Powell and Peter Dallimore and their support staff, whose experience, enthusiasm and creativity have been deservedly noted. We have seen a huge uptake in Maths A level courses in recent years, which is a strong indication of enjoyment of the subject throughout the Lower and Upper school. We are immensely proud of our students’ attitudes and ethos as well as their ongoing achievements.”