The Reach Free School is officially a Good school says Ofsted
The Reach Free School, the first new secondary school in South West Hertfordshire for over 30 years, is officially a Good school says Ofsted.
Headteacher Richard Booth said “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection. To receive this recognition in under two years is a fantastic achievement and I am proud of our successes to date and the hard work of everyone involved in establishing our new community school.”
Following a visit on 2nd and 3rd June 2015 from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth was inspected under all four categories of ‘Achievement’, ‘Quality of Teaching’, ‘Behaviour and Safety’ and ‘Leadership and Management’ and received a judgement of ‘Good’ across the board. Ofsted Inspectors observed lessons, scrutinised pupils’ work and spoke to governors, staff and pupils about their experiences of the school.
Richard Booth said “Pupils at The Reach Free School are enjoying their time here, achieving well and making excellent academic progress. We give pupils the confidence to achieve their full potential and are looking forward to excellent GCSE results.”
Chair of Governors, Carolyn Venn said “I am thrilled Ofsted have recognised all we have achieved in establishing our new school and the excellent progress of our founding pupils. We are extremely proud of the wonderful community at The Reach Free School and hold high aspirations for the future.”
The school focuses its curriculum on English and mathematics and the report commented on how pupils work successfully on tasks that are above the level expected for their age. Richard Booth commented “This demonstrates the high expectations we have for all of our pupils. As we grow, I will ensure that staff continue to challenge the pupils in all areas of the curriculum. Ultimately, it is the pupils who benefit from this, and the progress they have made to date looks set to ensure them of not only excellent GCSE results at the end of year 11, but a bright future in further education or the workplace.”
The school has been praised for its daily reading programme, Reach for a book, which has fostered “a love of reading”, and for the work it does with the local community through the weekly Community Common Room. The school’s unique Community Common Room offering develops pupils’ community awareness and was described as being “highly effective”.
Some other highlights of the report include:
- Teaching is good overall and teachers have high expectations of what students can achieve
- Students make rapid progress from their individual starting points, resulting in good achievement
- There is a high level of challenge presented to pupils
- Students feel valued members of the school community and welcome the school’s innovative approaches
- Students are supportive of each other in lessons, and this helps to create an environment in which learning flourishes
- Students display a love of learning and an enthusiasm to take part in the activities in lessons
- Students feel very safe and enjoy coming to school
- Attendance is high
- School leaders have ensured the collective vision of ‘achievement, community and enjoyment’ is central to the work of the school
- The provision of Electives enables students to experience a wide range of additional topics and activities
- Governors are ambitious and very well informed about the work of the school
Thanks to all parents, guardians, and carers who completed the Parent View survey.