An outstanding hat-trick for Redbridge Community School

Salisbury Journal: School becomes first in city to achieve Ofsted’s top mark for the third time School becomes first in city to achieve Ofsted’s top mark for the third time

A SOUTHAMPTON school has been declared outstanding for the third time.

Redbridge Community School is the first in the city to achieve the hat-trick after getting the top mark in its latest inspection.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) praised the school’s outstanding leadership and teachers. Top marks were also given to the specialist sports college’s curriculum and pupils’ outstanding progress.

The school’s success for the third time comes despite serving one of the city’s more deprived catchment areas.

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Although children enter the school with attainment levels that are well below the national average, the percentage of students gaining five or more A* to C grades is in line with the national average.

Inspectors praised the school for being at “the very heart” of its community with “a strong ethos of care and respect”.

The success of each individual was described as being “paramount” with students gaining a range of academic and vocational qualifications.

Pupils were also found to gain skills, confidence and personal qualities that prepared them “superbly” for the future.

Delighted head teacher Richard Schofield, who was praised for his leadership, said: “This report is a fantastic new year message to go out to the local community. It’s a school they feel incredibly proud of and so do I.”

The 926-pupil school, which has a second specialism in applied learning, is due to expand to 1,050 pupils within the next few years.

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5:52pm Thu 8 Jan 09

fatboy says...

Means nothing, just good at looking good in front of the right people at the right time.

Did the ofsted people notice the kids smoking behind the polution monitor in the playing field???
Means nothing, just good at looking good in front of the right people at the right time. Did the ofsted people notice the kids smoking behind the polution monitor in the playing field??? fatboy
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6:40pm Thu 8 Jan 09

Bright Spark says...

I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit?
I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit? Bright Spark
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6:51pm Thu 8 Jan 09

fatboy says...

Bright Spark wrote:
I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit?
Good point,well made!
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit?[/p][/quote]Good point,well made! fatboy
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6:51pm Thu 8 Jan 09

fatboy says...

Bright Spark wrote:
I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit?
Good point,well made!
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: I wnet to REdbridge School in the 80s and it dint do me no harm innit?[/p][/quote]Good point,well made! fatboy
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7:39pm Thu 8 Jan 09

sentinel1 says...

OFSTED? Is this the sane organisation that said Haringey Childrens services was OK? Who cares what this discredited organisations says. It's a good photo are the kids laughing at the Ofsted inspectors? They are a waste of time and public money
OFSTED? Is this the sane organisation that said Haringey Childrens services was OK? Who cares what this discredited organisations says. It's a good photo are the kids laughing at the Ofsted inspectors? They are a waste of time and public money sentinel1
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7:44pm Thu 8 Jan 09

MattProbert says...

fatboy wrote:
Means nothing, just good at looking good in front of the right people at the right time. Did the ofsted people notice the kids smoking behind the polution monitor in the playing field???
Quite so. Schools get advance notice of inspections and "smarten up" and put on a special show. The whole system sucks. The whole system is all about targets, and nothing about the children. Heaven help anyone who claims. (I'm a former school governor)
[quote][p][bold]fatboy[/bold] wrote: Means nothing, just good at looking good in front of the right people at the right time. Did the ofsted people notice the kids smoking behind the polution monitor in the playing field???[/p][/quote]Quite so. Schools get advance notice of inspections and "smarten up" and put on a special show. The whole system sucks. The whole system is all about targets, and nothing about the children. Heaven help anyone who claims. (I'm a former school governor) MattProbert
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8:45pm Thu 8 Jan 09

D.a.v.e says...

Oasis Academy take note........
Oasis Academy take note........ D.a.v.e
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12:07pm Fri 9 Jan 09

Adam Adamant says...

Its much easier to make negative comments than to praise anyone for their hard work. They didn't do this just for the report, they're like this all the time. My daughter recently changed to Redbridge and I've been nothing but happy with the school - the teachers, the attitude, the lessons, the building itself. Southampton's schools pretty much all have a below national average grade A-C attainment, so to meet the national average is a huge achievment in this city which needs millions of pounds pumped into its poor education system to rebuild it. The council have done this with Redbridge and you can see the results. Now they need to copy this model. There is no excuse for schools producing below-average results, unless you're happy for your kids to be earning below-average money in below-average jobs...
Its much easier to make negative comments than to praise anyone for their hard work. They didn't do this just for the report, they're like this all the time. My daughter recently changed to Redbridge and I've been nothing but happy with the school - the teachers, the attitude, the lessons, the building itself. Southampton's schools pretty much all have a below national average grade A-C attainment, so to meet the national average is a huge achievment in this city which needs millions of pounds pumped into its poor education system to rebuild it. The council have done this with Redbridge and you can see the results. Now they need to copy this model. There is no excuse for schools producing below-average results, unless you're happy for your kids to be earning below-average money in below-average jobs... Adam Adamant
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