Gillotts School is ‘Outstanding!’

Gillotts School has today been awarded ‘Outstanding’ overall by Ofsted as well as in all the four key judgements – the quality of education, behaviour & attitudes, personal development, and leadership & management.

Ofsted visited the school on 27 & 28 June 2023.  This was the first routine inspection the school had received since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Inspectors discussed the impact of the pandemic with leaders and have taken that into account in their evaluation of the school.   In 2020 the school was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Catharine Darnton, Headteacher and David Gorsuch, Chair of Governors in a joint statement said, “This is a tremendous outcome to have achieved and we are proud to have had the school’s successes recognised in this way. For inspectors to say that ‘All pupils are supported to make exceptional progress’ and that ‘Pupils rise to this challenge and achieve highly’ is a great endorsement both of all the work that our staff do day in, day out, and also the way that our pupils commit themselves to being the best they can be.  The inspectors recognised our ‘inclusive and highly welcoming environment’ and that pupils are ‘very happy at the school’. We are, as was also noted, ‘committed and reflective’ and ‘determined to improve the school even further’.

“We would like to thank all of those whose work, day in, day out, has played a part in this outcome.  We have a fantastic staff team and a knowledgeable, supportive and committed governing body.  Our students are a delight to work with, the support of their engaged parents is invaluable and we are tremendously grateful for the support we receive from the wider community in Henley-on-Thames, south Oxfordshire and north Reading.”

In the inspection report it also stated:

What is it like to attend this school?

“Leaders have high ambitions for all pupils at the school. Pupils thrive because of the high-quality teaching and care they receive. All pupils are supported to make exceptional progress. Pupils rise to this challenge and achieve highly.  Leaders place a high value on the well-being of pupils. Pupils have exemplary attitudes to learning. They engage well in lessons and are enthusiastic to learn. Pupils appreciate the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.”

What does the school do well?

“Leaders’ work to support pupils’ personal development is exceptional. Pupils proudly exhibit the school’s values of kindness, respect and not doing harm. They also enjoy making a positive contribution to their school and to the wider community.”

“Leaders have high ambition for pupils with SEND. Tailored support for pupils with SEND, including the effective use of outside agencies, ensures that all pupils achieve highly.”


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