The North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has received its first Ofsted inspection since opening in 2014.

On 27 and 28 September 2017, Ofsted visited the school at their recently opened premises at Weston College Academy on Beaufighter Road to conduct an inspection following their first round of GCSE results over the summer.

The report praised the work that the school is doing to protect pupils and keep them safe. It states that: “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. School leaders have created a culture where assessing risk is the expectation. The personal safety and well-being of pupils are secure.

“Many pupils spoke of how they had been bullied in previous schools but felt safe and supported in their new school. They know which staff to turn to if they have any concerns. They feel comfortable about doing this.”

The leadership and governance of NSETC were also praised, described as “strong”, and it also acknowledges that they have practical ambitions for the future of NSETC. Inspectors also identified that behaviour both in lessons and around the school, is good and recognised that children are polite, have good manners, show respect for others and are helpful and courteous.

Dr Darran George, Principal, said: “The inspection has provided us with some really positive feedback, and we also have a clear direction on how to work our way towards being an ‘outstanding’ provision.

“Our school is committed to providing the best education for the learners at NSETC and now with this clear direction we can put measures into place to continue to improve and provide the best learning environment.

“As a result of the report, we will be focussing on improving the overall quality of teaching, learning and assessment, improving attendance for a minority of learners who are persistently absent, improving the consistency of providing comprehensive programmes of study within the sixth form, and improving the curriculum for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education to ensure it is better understood by all pupils across both key stages.”

Overall, the school was judged to be in the category of ‘Requires Improvement’, a rating that has replaced the previous grade of ‘Satisfactory’ in the new inspections. However, this outcome has given staff and governors clear goals to work towards and a lot of positive feedback came from the report (which will be published on 30 October 2017).

The full report will be available to view on the Ofsted website.