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Ofsted Outcome - Chase Terrace Technology College (3-4 Dec. ’14)

Staff, students and governors at Chase Terrace Technology College are celebrating a strong outcome from their recent Ofsted inspection. The 11-18 Burntwood school was awarded ‘Good’ for all aspects of the school’s operations (leadership, behaviour, teaching and achievement) and a separate judgement of ‘Good’ for sixth form provision.

Inspectors found Chase Terrace to be a ‘happy and caring school, where teaching and achievement are both good, and which prepares students well for their future success’.

The headteacher and governing body are described as having ‘a thorough and accurate understanding of the school’. Leaders are described as ‘ambitious’, with ‘carefully considered plans for further improvement, against which the school’s progress is checked.’ Chase Terrace students are described as ‘polite, courteous and respectful’. Moreover, inspectors found that they are: ‘keen to learn, and work well together and on their own. This makes a positive contribution to their progress in lessons.’

The report also comments favourably on the school’s rising trend of achievement: the headline GCSE 5 A*-C (including English and maths) figure has risen by 8% for each of the past two years and is now well above the national average, as are progress rates for English and maths. The development of students’ literacy skills and the support for students with special educational needs were also noted as particular strengths.

Lessons at Chase Terrace are described as ‘characterised by positive relationships between staff and students that create a good atmosphere that contributes well to learning’. The report states that: ‘Teachers use their good subject knowledge to plan lessons well. They explain ideas and tasks clearly, and offer a range of approaches to maintain students’ interest’.

Inspectors also commented very favourably on the wider life of the school: ‘An excellent programme of extra-curricular activities, including sports and performing arts events, and extensive involvement in fundraising activities, all successfully support students’ personal development’.

The sixth form section of the report concludes that ‘teachers have good subject knowledge, use questioning to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding and offer well-planned opportunities for students to develop and extend their learning when working both collaboratively and independently’. The curriculum offer itself is also considered a strength ‘as reflected in the high rate at which students stay on and complete courses’. Furthermore, there was praise for the ‘extensive independent advice and guidance’ that students receive to support them in making choices for their next steps.

The inspection report further notes that: ‘Parents, staff and students are very positive about the school. Parents are particularly positive about the level of care, guidance and support their children receive and about the leadership of the school’.

The Headteacher commented that:

This report is a validation of a great deal of hard work done by staff and governors over the past few years. We have a fantastic group of young people at Chase Terrace and a very supportive parent body and wider community and I am delighted that this is reflected in the commentary. The inspection outcome of ‘Good’ is the foundation for further continuous improvement. As noted in the report, we are very ambitious for the future success of every member of this school community.

For more information, please contact Sharon Jones, Head’s PA on: s.jones@cttc.staffs.sch.uk or 01543-682286.