Still room to improve Chichester High School for Boys say Ofsted

The headteacher of Chichester High School for Boys has said its latest Ofsted report is encouraging and will be a platform for further improvement.

Gavin Salvesen-Sawh said he was pleased with the latest monitoring visit carried out by Oftsed inspectors last month.

In their report, inspectors said Chichester High School For Boys was making satisfactory progress but many improvements were still needed.

Inspector Alan Taylor-Bennett said results in this year’s GCSEs were better than those of 2010 with English showing ‘significant improvements’, while the number of pupils gaining five good GCSE passes was rising.

Behaviour remained satisfactory but was highly dependent on the degree to which students saw the relevance of their learning and felt engaged.

In a small number of lessons poor behaviour from a minority impeded progress.

But the inspector said the proportion of good lessons was improving thanks to professional development.

He said the number of inadequate lessons was low, but that little teaching was outstanding.

Mr Taylor Bennet said: “The school is making good progress in developing its capacity for further improvement.

“There continues to be a clear sense of direction and purpose from the head teacher and the senior team and there is significant strengthening of middle leaders.

“There is a strong focus on the performance of individual, and groups of, students.”

The report said governors were playing a much more active role, and a better quality of practices were leading to improvements which had not had time to be reflected in exam results.

Mr Salvesen-Sawh said he was delighted with the good progress made and said it signalled it was on course to be a good school by its next major inspection in 2013.