Staff and students at The Regis School are this week celebrating a highly positive Ofsted report. Following a two-day visit to the Bognor Regis school during which inspectors observed lessons and spoke to students, staff and parents, the school has received a fantastic report.
The inspectors were very impressed with what they found and praised every aspect of the school including teaching and learning, behaviour, safeguarding and attainment.
As well as commenting on the school’s significant improvements at GCSE and A Level, the inspectors identified a number of strengths including:
Subject teaching: ‘Teachers’ enthusiasm and specialist subject knowledge’ are said to have had an ‘extremely convincing impact on achievement’ particularly in English and maths;
Inclusion: As a Unicef Rights Respecting School (RRS), the RRS principles are said to ‘underpin the outstanding inclusion and support for all pupils’ well-being and happiness’;
Student behaviour: The school’s status as a Rights Respecting School was also credited for students’ ‘thoughtful behaviour’ and the way they interact ‘respectfully and happily’ between themselves and with staff;
Safeguarding: The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is described as ‘outstanding’;
Sixth Form: Sixth Formers are described as ‘excellent, adult role models for pupils’ who ‘contribute much to school life’; the Sixth Form itself is said to provide ‘excellent teaching’;
Staff morale: Inspectors reported that 99% of staff say they are ‘proud to work at the school’ and appreciate how ‘leaders consider their work-life balance and arrange useful and practical training for them’;
Governance: Governors were said to ‘know exactly what is happening in the school, keep abreast of all developments, constantly check on what is being done about any weaknesses and involve themselves at school level in reviewing steps forward’; they are all said ‘to bring valuable expertise and experience to their roles’;
Supporting disadvantaged pupils: The extra funds made available for disadvantaged pupils or those with Special Educational Needs are said to be ‘spent very carefully’ and staff are said to ‘try out ideas which do not necessarily involve extra spending’ such as targeted interventions in maths;
Enrichment: Pupils are said to ‘participate enthusiastically in a wide range of clubs and activities’ such as sports, performing arts, science, technology, engineering, the Harry Potter reading intervention club and the recently introduced Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The inspectors credited many of the improvements at the school to Principal Mike Garlick who joined the school in 2014. Rating leadership and management as ‘Outstanding’, inspectors said that Mr Garlick had brought about significant improvements in teaching and learning and behaviour.
Principal Mike Garlick said:
“This is a very positive report that is testament to the hard work of our staff who work together as a team to introduce initiatives and practices that are making a measurable difference to the outcomes of our students.
“Throughout their report, the inspectors identified pockets of excellence that are already well established at the school. They cut across subjects, year groups, disciplines and enrichment and show a school committed to providing its students with the very best educational opportunities. The next steps needed to become fully Outstanding are clear and there is nothing in this report to suggest that this is not well within our grasp!
“We are particularly pleased that the inspectors’ positive views were strongly ratified by the feedback they received from students and parents The Regis School is a true community school and we would not be where we are today without the support of our fantastic parents and students.”
The inspectors were also very complimentary about the role United Learning has played in driving improvement. Citing expert advice and opportunities to work with other staff in the Group, the school is said to have benefited from United Learning’s ‘practical support and challenge’.
Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said:
“This is a very strong report which clearly shows how far The Regis School has come in the last few years. Under Mr Garlick’s leadership, the standard of teaching and learning has risen sharply leading to an impressive improvement in student attainment. Staff are ambitious for what students can achieve and are committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure they leave school with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to lead successful adult lives.”