Teaching at St Andrew the Apostle School
is outstanding and current achievement exceeds national expectations by a wide
That’s the view of Ofsted inspectors who visited us in early June. The report, the school’s first since opening in September 2013, judged our school “outstanding” in all four areas of Achievement, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management.
“Students manage their behaviour, guided by their teachers, in an exemplary fashion in all lessons and during social time,” stated the report.
“Teaching is outstanding. It enthuses and engages students. It is skillfully delivered and focuses on the learning needs of individual students….Students from all starting points and backgrounds, make sustained, rapid progress across the curriculum. Current achievement exceeds national expectations by a wide margin.”
Headteacher, Mr Ahearn, was also highly praised: “The thoughtful, insightful and effective leadership of the Headteacher leads to a common, shared vision for excellence, which is underpinned by the religious character and values of the school.”
Mr. Ahearn welcomed the report: “I am absolutely delighted by our first inspection, which demonstrates that within two years of opening St Andrew’s is already providing the exceptionally high quality of education that our founding parents hoped for. Our students and staff can be extremely proud of themselves and I know that our parents will share my deep sense of pride in reading such a wonderful description of our students’ conduct.
“We will continue to work with all of our partners, including the Church, to build on this outstanding judgment and ensure that the encouragement of this report speeds us on our journey towards the exceptional GCSE and A level results we have promised.”
Our sponsor, the Russell Education Trust (RET), is also commended throughout the report for its success in supporting high quality teaching and learning and effective governance. RET now has a group of four high-performing secondary schools – all of which have received glowing Ofsted reports. A fifth RET school, Turing House in Richmond, is already oversubscribed for when it opens in September.
Chair of Governors, Mr. Yiannis Pareas, said he was thrilled that the dedicated hard work of the Headteacher, staff, sponsor and so many others had been recognised through the judgment.
“It is wonderful to think that only four years after our discussions with His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain and with RET, we have an Outstanding Ofsted judgment, a thriving happy community of adults and children; and plans for a brand new school building in 2017.”
Congratulating Mr. Ahearn staff, students and parents, RET Chief Executive, Karen Lynch, said St Andrew’s was “a truly exceptional school” and it was hard to imagine a better Ofsted report than this one.
“St Andrew’s really has achieved everything we hoped and planned for in its first two years. RET remain honoured by the trust placed in us by the Greek Orthodox Church in Britain in allowing us to open St Andrew’s.
“Both we and school are also grateful for the support we have received from our colleagues in Barnet LA and in the wider family of RET schools. The students’ excellent manners, attitudes and hard work bear fruit in rapid progress across the curriculum; and the fact that current achievement exceeds national expectations by a wide margin.”
There were also heartfelt congratulations from Archbishop Gregorios, Head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Great Britain and Thyateria.
“We give thanks to the Lord that the dream has been realised and I am very happy and send my heartfelt congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make the school a success. Thanks also to parents and those in the community who appreciate a good and constructive education. My particular thanks go to the Headteacher and his staff, RET and all those who play a part behind the scenes to make it work. Needless to say that it is very important to have and give good Education to our children and the generation to come. May God continue to bless the school and all the boys and girls who are students there.”
Read the report here
Read Mr Ahearn's letter to parents
UCB UK (radio interview) (from 02:11:48)
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