Ofsted 2021

We are delighted to be celebrating the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection that took place in September 2021. During the two days, inspectors visited lessons, met with staff and students, examined student books and explored the leadership of the school. The school was judged as being “good” in every category and therefore “good” overall.

The report commented on the noticeable pride staff and students have in the school, the quality of the academic and personal education provided and on the positive relationships and culture created to achieve this.

“I am extremely proud of our students, staff and parents for this achievement. It is the result of a great deal of hard work and reflects our commitment to provide an excellent all-round education where our students achieve superb qualifications and develop the skills and knowledge that will make them successful and valuable members of our global community.” Matt Nicolle – Principal

What Ofsted say about us:

  • Pupils and staff are very proud of their school. They say that this is a happy school. Staff care for pupils well. Older pupils recognise that the school has improved in the last four years. Pupils speak warmly of the support they receive.
  • Pupils and their parents and carers say that the school makes sure that pupils are safe.
  • Pupils know what bullying is and are confident that adults would deal with it appropriately, should it happen. Incidents of bullying are rare.
  • Pupils’ conduct is polite. They behave well in lessons and at breaktimes. There is a calm and orderly feel to the school.
  • The school’s values, ‘Redmoor DNA’, underpin the life of the school.
  • Staff have high expectations and pupils’ learning and progress. The climate for learning is positive and engaging.
  • Leaders are ambitious for everyone to do well in all aspects of school life. This is a school that serves its community well.
  • Senior leaders have improved the school since the previous inspection.
  • The principal has set out a clear vision and direction.
  • Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is broad in its scope. Subject leaders identify the precise knowledge and skills that they want pupils to learn.
  • Teachers use assessment well to determine what pupils have learned and refine plans for pupils’ next steps in learning.
  • Leaders are developing a culture that recognises the importance of reading and literacy.
  • Teachers support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities by adapting curriculum plans to meet their needs. These pupils receive effective support in lessons.
  • Leaders are addressing barriers to learning for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Pupils behave well. They conduct themselves positively around the school. They respond well to adults’ high expectations. Low-level disruption in lessons is very rare.
  • Leaders foster an inclusive ethos.
  • Leaders work to promote pupils’ personal development is strong.
  • Governors and trustees are mindful of staff welfare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are ambitious for all pupils and the school community

The Inspection Report is available to view here.

GCSE Results

Year upon year since 2017, Redmoor students’ outcomes have seen a significant improvement. Having been one of the most improved schools in the county in terms of GCSE results in the first year (with an Progress 8 increase of 0.8 in the single year between 2017 and 2018) students in 2019, 2020 and 2021 have continued to secure grades which demonstrate that the progress they make over five years of study at Redmoor is consistently above the national average.

Our students leave us having secured qualifications that give them opportunities and possibilities for Post-16 study, training, apprenticeships and employment. We are particularly proud of the number of top grades achieved across the range of subjects on our KS4 curriculum, as well as our diminishing gap between the progress made by disadvantaged students and their peers.

Both attainment and progress at Redmoor have risen steadily. Had exams taken place as usual in the summer of 2021, we are confident that Redmoor students would have achieved the school’s best ever results. Our process for awarding Teacher Assessed Grades was robust and subject to strict quality assurance.

Performance Measure Redmoor Result 2018 Redmoor Result 2019 Redmoor Result 2020
Redmoor Result 2021
Total Average Attainment 8* 45.67 46.35 51.7 52.61
Average Progress 8** 0.01 0.03 (0.34) (0.29)
% Grades 9-7 including English & Maths 7 7.6 12.6 16
% Grades 9-5 including English & Maths 40.1 37.2 47.4 52.5
% Grades 9-4 including English & Maths 64 67.4 71.1 75.7

*Attainment 8 is the sum of a student’s best eight GCSE grades.

**Progress 8 is a comparative measure:

  • If a student makes expected progress between KS2 SATs in Year 6 and GCSEs in Y11 they score 0.
  • A positive score above 0 shows progress above the national average and a negative score below 0 shows progress less than students nationally.
  • Redmoor’s Progress 8 has been consistently positive for four years. In 2020 and 2021, Progress 8 figures were not published nationally. The figures shown in brackets were calculated through a collaboration with 2,000 schools (and approximately 200,000 students) so provide a useful indicator of how we compare to other schools nationally.
  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the most recent national data generated by formal exams was recorded in 2019. Redmoor Academy’s strong position in terms of GCSE outcomes can be seen here: Find & Compare Schools 2019 (Gov.UK)

We continue to work hard to support all students to achieve their best, whatever their starting points.