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Posted on: 8 March 2018

TPS on track to Outstanding as Ofsted confirms continued success

Students and staff at The Petersfield School (TPS) are celebrating this week as Ofsted confirms that the school is on its way to outstanding.

TPS was praised for its “strong practice” and deemed “improving towards being outstanding” in a glowing report following a short inspection last month.

Inspectors commended Principal Mark Marande on raising expectations since his appointment two years ago, and stated that student progress has sharply accelerated. Ofsted praised the “substantial increases in pupils’ progress in all years”, with the strong 2017 results being “convincingly above average in most curriculum areas”.

The Petersfield School is part of the high-performing Bohunt Education Trust (BET) and the report also highlighted how the partnership with BET is “bringing new opportunities for pupils and staff”.

TPS achieved the highest outcome possible for a school under the new Ofsted one-day short inspection process. The school’s last Ofsted inspection was in 2014, when the school was judged to be ‘good’. Schools previously judged ‘good’ now only receive a short inspection and this type of inspection cannot result in an immediate change of overall judgement. However, if the inspectors discover sufficient evidence of ‘outstanding’ practice, they can recommend a longer full inspection for a later date where the overall judgement can be changed. TPS received this recommendation from the inspectors.

Ofsted noted that an overwhelming majority of parents feel the school is well led and would recommend the school to another parent. Many parents told the inspectors how their children have “thrived in the school’s warm, caring and supportive atmosphere”.

Inspectors praised the conduct of the students, highlighting that the atmosphere of the school is “one of calm purpose and enjoyment of learning”, as well as student behaviour in lessons and around the school being exemplary.

The report also highlights that:

• The Principal, leadership team and governors are ambitious for their students and carefully consider their best interests in all that they do. 
• Leaders prioritise increasing the progress of disadvantaged students and rigorously monitor the progress of this group.
• Teachers at the school demonstrate “a passion for their subjects” and students’ “attitudes to learning are overwhelmingly positive”.
• Inspectors also praised the strength of the curriculum at the school, which “ensures that pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education”.

Mark Marande, Principal at The Petersfield School, said:
“I am delighted that all of the hard work from students, staff, parents and governors is reflected in this inspection report. Our students are rightly very proud of their school and the fantastic opportunities open to them here. At TPS, we foster an unrivalled student experience alongside achieving exceptional outcomes and the report confirms this.

We look forward to hosting Ofsted again when they return for a full inspection, when we hope the many outstanding qualities of the school will be further confirmed.”

Dr Ben Francombe, Chair of Governors at TPS, said,
“TPS’ governors and leadership team are, as Ofsted’s report states, ambitious for pupils. The results of this report are testament to the dedication and effort that has taken place at the school and the Governing Body is delighted that parents and students feel safe, challenged and well cared for. Mr Marande and his staff have done a superb job for TPS and joining Bohunt Education Trust two years ago lent the school invaluable support.”

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive Officer, Bohunt Education Trust commented:
“We are thrilled that Ofsted has recognised the continued success of The Petersfield School with this stellar report, which is a fitting tribute to the commitment, passion and hard work of students, staff and the whole school community. Collaboration on best practice and raising standards and expectations is fundamental to Bohunt Education Trust’s ethos of ‘enjoy, respect, achieve’ and of our expectations across all BET schools. We look forward to working closely with all at TPS and to build on its success as it continues on its journey to Outstanding.”