In a recent inspection Ofsted found Davison Church of England School for Girls to be ‘good’ (2) in all aspects. The previous inspection in 2010 rated Davison to be ‘outstanding’ (1).
Overall effectiveness is ‘good’ (2) as are achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
Recently appointed headteacher Chris Keating has taken decisive action to improve teaching and behaviour as well as trusting senior leaders and middle managers – giving them additional responsibility.
Students enter the school with below average attainment but by the time they leave school attainment is now in line with national averages. In 2013, the proportion of students gaining five A* to C grades GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, was similar to the national average. This represents good progress from students’ starting points.
Teaching is typically good and there is some that is outstanding. Teaching is characterised by high expectations, detailed planning, supportive relationships and a very good knowledge of students’ abilities, aptitudes and interests.
To regain an ‘outstanding’ rating the school needs to share more widely the very best in teaching practice and assessment from across the school.
The Ofsted inspection took place on April 29th and 30th.