Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

Traditional, Inclusive, Supportive

OFSTED Inspection Feedback - Very Happy News!

We were delighted with our recent OFSTED Inspection outcomes. We were one of the first schools in the region to be inspected under the new ‘Section 8’ short inspection for good schools.

We all want Neatherd to continue to improve and do well and it was made very clear to us during the inspection that the school is actually very good and well on the journey to outstanding. Of course, these things can’t be said explicitly in the report, but I hope, when you read the letter, that you will get a real sense of this.

In addition, it was made clear to us that the things we need to do to become outstanding are eminently ‘do-able’.  Furthermore, this has been confirmed by an ex-HMI, who works closely with us. So this is our challenge, which we are all very much up for! Thank you to all the students for your continued hard work and your fantastic attitude. Thanks also to our parent body for your continued support for Neatherd.

  • Senior leaders are sustaining a culture of high ambition for all students
  • The school is a calm, attractive and welcoming environment
  • You celebrate difference and diversity within the student body
  • a community characterised by tolerance and mutual respect
  • examples of bullying, including racial or homophobic bullying are rare and are usually dealt with quickly and effectively when they do occur
  • Very many students participate in an exceptionally wide range of clubs, societies and posts of responsibility
  • the vibrancy of school life
  • Senior leaders communicate high expectations for conduct in lessons and around the school
  • Students socialise well together and enjoy positive and productive relationships with their teachers
  • You and your leadership team have been resolute and relentless in your determination to tackle these and other areas of the school’s work
  • the quality of teaching has improved
  • Leaders keep a sharp focus on the learning and progress of different groups of students
    all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality
  • Students report that they feel safe in all areas of the school site
  • The overwhelming majority of parents and carers agree that the school keeps students safe and secure
  • Rigorous and robust self-evaluation helps leaders, including subject leaders and governors, understand what the school does well and what needs to improve further
  • inspectors observed much expert use of questioning by teachers. This and other techniques helped students to think deeply and explain their thinking.
  • leaders are making good use of their monitoring information… This has had a particular impact on the progress made by disadvantaged students.

You can view the full letter from OFSTED here.