Herne Bay High School has been graded as Outstanding for its Sixth Form provision and Good in all other aspects.
The Governors, Principal and staff are overjoyed to announce the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection of Herne Bay High School. From the 24th May 2022 through to the 15th June a team of Ofsted inspectors spent 4 days undertaking a forensically detailed inspection of every aspect of the operation at Herne Bay High. The team went into extraordinary depth to explore the quality of education, the leadership and management, the behaviour and attitudes and the provision we provide for post-16 students. No stone was left unturned, staff, students, parents, and the community all had their say. It is only right and proper that the outcome supports what we already knew that the Overall effectiveness of Herne Bay High School is good. What we are unashamedly proud about is that we have demonstrated improvements since the last inspection with our ever expanding Sixth Form provision rated as Outstanding, the very highest grading that Ofsted give. This is no mean feat and testament to the hard work that every member of staff has put in over the past few years.
“Even though it has been a challenging few years in education, this report conveys to our wider community what a great school we are. The tireless work that all our staff continuously put in has been ratified at the highest level. It gives us the opportunity to move forward with confidence, but not complacency. It conveys to every family in the Herne Bay community who choose Herne Bay High School for their children that they can be reassured that all aspects of the education their child will receive will be of the highest calibre and delivered in a safe and secure environment.”
Principal, Mr Jon Boyes
The report opens stating “A calm well-ordered environment at Herne Bay High ensures that pupils can focus on learning,” going on to state “Pupils made it clear that they enjoy the sense of community. They make friends and build positive relationships with each other and staff”
The strength of the ever-increasing Sixth Form was singled out for significant praise with the inspectors saying “Students in the Sixth Form lead the way, modelling the behaviour and attitudes expected of others, these students are highly ambitious and make exceptional progress”
Safeguarding of students and staff was also highly scrutinised and inspectors were quite rightly impressed by what they saw, stating “A culture of vigilance and excellent relationships, built through a deep understanding of what is going on for each pupil and their families, help staff keep pupils safe”
Of course, the inspection team identified areas for the school to improve and these will be woven into our development plans for the coming years and heavily challenged by our governing body.
As Herne Bay High embarks on a new academic year, welcoming over 280 new students into Year 7 and 170 into Year 12 staff, students and families should be proud that they are members of a fantastic educational family that will shape their lives in a safe, secure, and academically challenging way.