Dear parent/ carer,

After our inspection by Ofsted on November 15th and 16th, I am pleased to share that our Inspection Report is now available to view here.

Redmoor has been judged as requiring improvement (also known as RI) and, whilst this is most certainly not where we want to be, we fully agree that this is the position the school is currently in as we transition into an exciting new era for Redmoor and our students.

For myself as a new Principal, my leadership team who are also new for this academic year and also the board of Trustees, who again have been reformed this year, the report confirms and validates the work we are doing. Our aim is to raise standards at Redmoor and therefore provide our students with wider choice and opportunity in their lives and this report tells us that our direction of travel is the right one and the work we are doing is having a positive impact on moving the school towards this.

“Records provided by school leaders show that more pupils are now learning at a faster rate. Their attainment has risen, especially in English and Maths. A thorough review of pupils’ books confirms that current pupils are making faster progress.” Ofsted 2017

We will continue to strive towards our students not only achieving the best possible outcomes in their GCSE examinations but also to having fantastic opportunities at Redmoor that broaden their experiences and develop their confidence, leadership and resilience. We are passionate that our students will leave Redmoor as “good” people who will take their part in our community with a sense of pride in their achievement.

“Arrangements for pupils’ personal development and welfare are good. Pupils feel safe in school….. and leaders have established a positive climate for learning. Pupils are polite, courteous and conduct themselves well at all times. The atmosphere is calm around school during social times and between lessons…and behaviour in most lessons is good.” Ofsted 2017

There are many positives in the report which reflect the changes implemented and rapid impact of these in this first term and also the strengths of the school that have been grown over many years. The report also fulfills the improvement requirement of Ofsted and provides us with good advice on what we need to do to improve, most of which we had already identified and is addressed in our improvement plan for this academic year.

“Leaders understand their school well. They accurately evaluate its effectiveness and envelop plans for improvement that are relevant and ambitious. The headteacher leads with moral purpose, drive and determination. He is assiduous in his pursuit of excellence for all pupils.” Ofsted 2017

Thank you to all students and parents who took the opportunity to share their views on the school, either through talking to the inspection team or through the parent view survey. We know the inspectors were impressed with your views on the school as they were with our students, who were their usual brilliant selves throughout.

Please take the time to read through the report and if, after doing so, you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further, then please get in touch. Either myself or a member of the leadership team will be happy to meet or discuss over the phone if more convenient.

“Significant changes to staffing and teaching initiated by leaders are beginning to raise standards, particularly in Key Stage 4.” Ofsted 2017

We look forward to your continued support going forward  as we work towards making Redmoor an outstanding educational experience for all of our students.

Kind regards,

Matt Nicolle

Acting Principal