Good Ofsted report for Forest School, Horsham

(From left) Headteacher Siobhan Denning, design and technology subject leader Dave Nibloe, and Year 10 pupils Billy Grove, Oli East and Nick Baillie.
(From left) Headteacher Siobhan Denning, design and technology subject leader Dave Nibloe, and Year 10 pupils Billy Grove, Oli East and Nick Baillie.
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FOREST School’s design and technology department won a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.

Ofsted inspectors spent two days in February taking a close look at the way the school teaches design and technology.

Headteacher Siobhan Denning said: “I am very pleased with the report – it gives a glowing endorsement to the fantastic teaching and learning that takes place in design and technology and is also extremely positive about the school as a whole.

“It also clearly demonstrates the progress the school has made in the past few years and indicates that we are on our way to reaching our goal of becoming an ‘outstanding’ school.”

Highlights from the report include: “Teachers are passionate and have a strong knowledge of their subjects [...] teachers know the students well and have very positive relationships with them.

“This ensures that students feel safe and are willing to explore ideas and be adventurous in creating and developing ideas.

“Years 10 and 11 students enjoy engineering lessons and the high level of concentration and quantity of work they complete helps to prepare them for the demands of work.”

Cliff Purvis, chair of governors, said: “I am delighted that the school received such a good report and the governors join with me in congratulating the design and technology team in doing so well.”

The report suggested just two areas for improvement - ‘refining teaching to ensure that all students are appropriately challenged by the tasks and have a clear understanding of the next steps for learning’ and ‘improving students’ manufacturing skills to enable them to consistently achieve a higher quality of finished products’.

Ms Denning was also very pleased with some of the comments made to her by the inspector who conducted the subject survey.

“These reflect very well on our pupils and the pride they have in belonging to the Forest School.

“He said that he found the boys very positive about their school and that he saw excellent behaviour management in classrooms.

“He described behaviour around the school as outstanding.

“He also said: ‘There is an ethos here at the school where learning is ‘cool’.

“‘Your boys are brilliant!’

“I can only agree.”