In May 2016, Ofsted officially recognised Moseley School and Sixth Form as ‘a good school’. Ofsted returned to Moseley and saw significant improvements since the 2014 inspection, in all areas of the school. The inspectors rated the School as GOOD in every category: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and 16 to 19 study programmes. Ofsted particularly highlighted the shared culture in the school of inspiring excellence in character and scholarship, the impressive rates of progress in all subjects including English and Maths, and the great relationships and care shown in the school by staff and students alike.
The Ofsted inspection team met with all stakeholders at the school, including members of the local community, to hear of the impressive partnerships between community groups and the school, ensuring that the school becomes a hub for the local area and can support and be supported by those who come into contact with the students day by day. The report praises the impact of the high expectations of the school’s leadership that has led to improved outcomes for students and good preparation for the next stage of their education.
What is most remarkable about the school though is that these achievements are made by all students including those who face significant challenges. 25% of students entering GCSEs did not start the school in year 7. Many students come to the school having just arrived in Birmingham from over 40 different countries. ‘The progress of disadvantaged students is better than that of all pupils nationally.’ ‘Pupils who have special educational needs or disability make good progress.’ ‘Pupils who speak English as an additional language make similar rates of progress and achieve in line with their peers.’ ‘Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe.’ ‘Staff and pupils embody the best of British values through their welcome and support for newly arrived pupils.’
It has been ten years since the school last received Good in all areas in an Ofsted report. The School has faced a number of challenges since then but has been rebuilt in recent years both in terms of some of its buildings and in terms of the quality of education. The School benefitted from the refurbishment of its grade two listed building and a completely new state-of-the-art building four years ago which has since been complemented with an extended and refurbished sport complex. The School now offers a truly remarkable facility for the local community. GCSE students in 2015 made excellent progress placing the school in the top 14% of schools in England. The academic achievement of A level students placed the school in top 7 institutions across Birmingham in 2015.
The Headteacher, Mr Roger McBrien, said of the impressive inspection results, ‘I am delighted that the hard work of staff and Governors in partnership with students and families, which has resulted in excellent progress over recent years, has now been recognised and validated by Ofsted. We believe passionately in providing an excellent education to the families of our local community so I am pleased that Ofsted have confirmed that we have moved significantly towards this goal. ‘The local community can once again have pride and trust in its local school’.
For more details please download our Ofsted school report