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Ofsted report October 2015 
 
'Grove School is a school where, ‘Students’ attitudes to learning are overwhelmingly positive’ and they approach their work with ‘commitment and enthusiasm’.  These were some of the hugely positive comments that inspectors have made in their report following the School’s latest Ofsted Inspection.  
 
The Inspection Report, which overall judged the school to “Require Improvement”, judged ‘Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare’ as ‘Good’, the ‘Effectiveness of Leadership and Management’ as ‘Good’ and 16 – 19 Study Programmes as Good.  They said that courses are well designed to help students achieve their aims with consistently good teaching.  

Grove is proud that its sixth form has been acknowledged as good and that in the sixth form  ‘students’ attitudes to learning are characterised by a high level of aspiration and a good understanding of how their courses will enable them to fulfil their ambitions’.  

There was also positive recognition of the School’s other successes with the report stating that, ‘Relationships between teachers and students are clearly strong, and promote learning’ and also recognising that the school is improving rapidly, ‘Teaching is improving and achievement is rising in the school overall, and sharply in several areas.’  

The inspectors recognise the journey that Grove is on and comment that there are ‘high expectations which have refocused and energised the vast majority of staff and students.’   This is underpinned by good leadership where ‘Governors are making sure that the school serves this particular community effectively.  They are well informed, shrewd and provide a rigorous challenge to school leaders’.  
 
The report outlines what the School needs to do to improve further and also that, ‘Evaluation of the School’s performance is detailed and objective, and clearly identifies areas for improvement’ so Grove School is confident that the work being done now will achieve improvement that is sustained and underpinning of excellence.   Headteacher Sonia Taylor said, “We are aiming to be an outstanding school in our next inspection which will be in two years’ time and we are excited about building on the momentum of rapid improvement that is currently evident”.
Ofsted Report October 2015
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