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Ofsted and further evaluation

William Ellis School welcomed an inspection team to the school in May 2022. We’re very pleased to share the news that the report validates many of the core strengths of the school, in particular:  

  • In most subjects, leaders are clear about what they expect pupils to learn and remember in the long term. The diverse needs and interests of pupils have been considered in setting the curriculum goals.
  • Pupils’ personal development is promoted well, with pupils’ interests and needs front and centre.  Leaders have set up robust pastoral systems to identify pupils who may need help.
  • Leaders have established a rich curriculum offer for pupils in Years 10 and 11, as well as the sixth form. They ensure that all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), make ambitious choices. At GCSE, for example, 85% of pupils take at least one language and a humanities subject. Pupils are also encouraged to opt for creative subjects, and many do.
  • In the sixth form, the academic offer is matched with a range of vocational options. Students are supported to select the right courses for them. The curriculum is typically ambitious and taught well. Sixth-form students achieve highly and behave well.
  • Pupils are kept safe. Most pupils trust teachers to help them if they need it, for example if they are bullied. Leaders have set up robust pastoral systems to identify pupils who may need help. They consider individual needs carefully.
  • Pupils are taught about difference and the need to respect others, as well as the importance of sharing any concerns early.
  • When concerns arise, leaders make well-considered decisions about how to protect and support pupils. Leaders and staff work effectively with families and ensure that appropriate help is given.


A copy of our summary of the report, the document itself and a 2022 Challenge Partners’ review of the school can be found below.