Swindon school rated 'Good ' in first Ofsted inspection

By Barrie Hudson - 20 March 2023


Churchward School has been rated 'Good' in its first Ofsted inspection since opening in 2018.

The school, in William Morris Way, provides secondary and sixth form places for students with autism and associated social communication difficulties.

Part of the Brunel Academies Trust, the school was inspected on 24 and 25 January and graded 'Good' in all areas.

Headteacher Dave Dearsley and his Senior Leadership Team are delighted with the result, which they believe is a true reflection of the hard work of all the staff and students.

The report highlights the varied and “ambitious curriculum” taught at Churchward School, saying it “...delivered in a coherent and accessible way” which results in students being able to learn effectively. 

The sixth form was also praised for supporting the outcomes of our students, with the report noting: “Pupils in the sixth form feel excited about their futures.”

Churchward School joins a small group of free schools nationally wich have achieved a 'Good' under the new Ofsted framework.

The CEO of Brunel Academies Trust, Jackie Smith MBE, said “I am so proud of the team work across Brunel including trust and school staff, parents and carers, Governors, Trustees and of course the students to ensure that Churchward is a Good school. 

"I would like to thank all involved on the journey to Good and look forward to the Outstanding judgement in a few years. A huge well done to all involved but especially the Churchward School students.”

A school spokesperson said the team were very happy to see the report highlight the fact that students were at the heart of everything at Churchward.

Among other positive points in the report, the inspectors noted that for those students needed additional support, well organised academic and pastoral interventions supported pupils to become confident young learners.

The spokesperson added: "With just two points for improvement (both of which were acknowledged as being underway), we are elated with our first Ofsted result.

"However we will always strive to improve in every way we can to make Churchward School the best place it can be for the incredible students that come through our doors.

"We are so proud of this achievement and are honoured to share it with you."

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