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The Skills Hub ‘Continues to be Good’ following Ofsted’s Short Inspection

Students, staff, governors and the wider school community are celebrating the results of their recent Ofsted short inspection (June 2018), in which the inspectors judged that The Skills Hub ‘Continues to be Good’. This is the first Ofsted inspection since The Skills Hub opened in September 2015 as a sponsor-led academy within Orchard Hill College Academy Trust.

Highlights from the Report include:

  • The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
  • You have shown relentless drive and ambition for the school since it became an academy. You have identified the areas in which the school needed to improve and have set about making the changes necessary. This is starting to have an impact for all pupils. You understand the needs and the challenges of your cohort of pupils. You do not waiver in your effective determination to provide them with the best of life chances. Your aspiration for the pupils is shared by the whole staff. They all agree that the school is better than at the time of the last inspection and that they are proud to work at the school.
  • As a result of this care, pupils blossom into responsible members of the local community who support this community through, for example, their work with the elderly. Governors and the trust share a highly ambitious and sustainable vision for the future of the school and have taken steps that are showing a life-changing impact for all pupils
  • The school has a restorative and reflective approach to learning and development and this is exemplified through the conversations and the actions of staff and pupils. Pupils say that this approach has given them hope and that they have no doubt that they are going to be successful. They say that at The Skills Hub they have moved on from the difficulties that they experienced in education in the past.
  • All staff are tenacious in their approach to improving attendance and know that the stimulating, broad and personalised curriculum makes pupils want to come school. Pupils report that they value this more even than the rewards that they receive as incentives to attend. The strong links to employability in the curriculum through opportunities to learn about hairdressing, motor mechanics or running their own business enterprise engages pupils and helps them to see the relevance of the learning and the point of attending.

To see the full report please click on the below link

The Skills Hub Ofsted letter – June 2018

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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