Parents and pupils attending an end of term talent show at Isambard cheered when they heard that it had been declared a good school following its first Ofsted inspection.
The inspector wrote that students are eager to excel and they reach standards that are above average. The provision for pupils with a learning difficulty or disability was seen as a strength; with needs carefully identified and students closely supported in lessons and in the home room.
Students’ understanding and adoption of healthy lifestyles and their attendance were rated as outstanding.
Recommendations for further improvement included ensuring that all students were challenged and responsible for their own learning, and developing plans to promote community cohesion.
Headteacher Rachel Mattey said, “we’re all extremely pleased by the inspector’s view that Isambard is a good school with outstanding features. We expected a positive report but the assessment that so many areas are rated as good was beyond our expectations. It’s particularly pleasing as we’re only 18 months old; it’s a tribute to the hard work of all the staff and pupils.”
She also thanked the parents for their support before the school opened. “We appreciate that local parents put their faith in what we said we would do as a brand new school. I think they can feel justified in backing us; the Ofsted report gives us a strong platform on which to build. When they return I expect they’ll find us outstanding in many more aspects of our work.”
Pictured: Rose Thompson and Sasha Harries, Year 8 pupils who dressed up as ghouls to perform Thriller for Comic Relief which helped Isambard raise £1,814.65, including a donation of £878.16 from school building managers John Laing.