Ofsted gives high marks for Chi High after visit in December

CHICHESTER High School for Boys has been praised for the standard of its business and economics education.

An inspector from Ofsted visited the school last month as part of its subject survey inspection programme to assess the two subjects of business and economics, the effectiveness of both were deemed to be good.

Ofsted inspector Russell Jordan said in his report: “The proportion of students gaining A* to C grades in GCSE business was well above the national average, with most students meeting or exceeding challenging target grades.

“In the sixth form, students’ achievement across the range of courses is inconsistent. In A-level accounting, students’ progress has been broadly average but was high last year compared with their prior attainment. In A-level business studies it has been average, and in economics it has been uneven, ranging from high to low over the past four years.

“The school rightly recognises raising achievement in the sixth form is a key area for improvement.

“Teachers have good subject knowledge and a good rapport with their students.

“Their well-planned lessons include a wide range of relevant tasks and activities that successfully engage students’ interest and involvement.

“Students’ behaviour in the lessons observed was good.

“The formal business curriculum is very successful in meeting the needs and interests of students, accommodating a broad range of prior attainment. Arrangements to provide additional stretch and challenge for higher-performing students are well conceived.

“The whole-school vision for developing students’ economics and business understanding, and financial and enterprise capability is very clear.”

Areas for improvement noted by the inspector included raising achievement in business and economics courses in the sixth form to match the levels seen in the rest of the provision and to ensure teachers’ use of questioning to check and extend all students’ learning is of a consistently high standard.