We are delighted to be able to officially announce that Ofsted have judged Wade Deacon to be an OUTSTANDING school!
The inspection, which took place on 29th and 30th November 2022 and involved a team of 6 inspectors, evaluated the school as Outstanding in all areas as follows: Overall Effectiveness, The Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development & Leadership & Management. The report praises the school for providing pupils with a 'first-rate education' and 'aspirational curriculum'. It goes on to highlight that ‘pupils’ behaviour around the school is exemplary’ and that pupils are ‘extremely happy’ where they can ‘thrive’ and ‘relish the opportunities that staff provide for them.’ This is made possible because ‘the quality of pastoral support available to pupils is a key strength’ and issues in school are dealt with ‘swiftly and effectively’ by staff.
Inspectors celebrated leaders for having ‘very high expectations’ and strong praise was given to teachers who ‘skilfully use their strong subject knowledge to deliver the curriculum expertly well’ resulting in pupils having a ‘deep grasp of the content of subject curriculums’ and an ‘air of scholarly excellence.’ Ofsted celebrated the School for its inclusion stating that ‘teachers skilfully adapt the delivery of subject curriculums for pupils with SEND’ resulting in all pupils with SEND accessing ‘the same ambitious curriculum as their peers’.
Under the new inspection framework, it is extremely rare for a school to be graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas and Wade Deacon High School is one of the few state schools in England who have kept their ‘Outstanding’ grade. According to statistics from Ofsted only 17% of 370 ‘Outstanding’ schools have kept their ranking to date.
‘We are extremely proud to announce that the overall judgement under the new Ofsted framework is that Wade Deacon High School is an ‘Outstanding’ school. Whilst we have always known how truly exceptional our school is, we are delighted to have had this confirmed. We are especially proud of the journey that the school has been on and we have worked incredibly hard to maintain our high standards and ‘A Commitment to Excellence’. (Simon Corner, Principal)