OFSTED Praise for St George

We are pleased to confirm that following our Section 8 OFSTED Inspection on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November 2021 that the report is now published.  

We wanted to say a huge a thank you for your support. We are very proud of all our students who have bought into the values of our school, and what we ASPIRE for them.

A full copy of the report can be found here.

In summary, OFSTED found that the school continues to improve and therefore we should expect another OFSTED inspection, a Section 5 inspection, in the next 12/24 months. Under a Section 8 inspection the grading does not change but the students and staff successfully demonstrated significant evidence of improved performance and therefore warrant another inspection soon. Had this inspection been a Section 5 inspection we would have been judged outstanding.

From the report:
"Saint George Catholic Voluntary Aided College Southampton continues to be a good school. There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now. The school's next inspection will be a section 5 inspection."

Our school, students and staff don’t work for a judgement from an OFSTED inspection, but it does mean a huge amount to this family that all the hard work by the students and staff is being recognised following an external inspection.  We genuinely felt the inspection team captured what our school is all about in its initial paragraph shown below:

"This is a very friendly school, and pupils enjoy coming in each day. Pupils’ kindness towards each other is underpinned by the school’s Catholic ethos and their ‘ASPIRE’ values of respect and positive relationships. Pupils and teachers often talk about the school as being ‘like one big family’. They celebrate the range of different cultures and backgrounds that make up their school community. Pupils say that bullying rarely happens but they trust their teachers to resolve any issues quickly. Pupils know that staff have high expectations of what they can achieve and this motivates them to work hard. Pupils take responsibility for their learning. They understand their next steps for improvement and know how to work independently when required. Pupils achieve extremely well and take pride in producing work of a consistently high standard. Pupils and parents value greatly the way the school provides personal support and development opportunities as well as promoting academic success."

If you have any questions please get in touch and once again thank you for all your support from everyone at St George.