St John’s designated a Challenge Partners Leading School

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St John’s designated a Challenge Partners Leading School

St John’s has recently been recognised as a Challenge Partners Leading school. Vice Principal Sarah Wilson said:

“We are incredibly proud that the hard work of students and staff alike has been recognised by awarding us their top estimate in all categories after a three-day Quality Assurance Review, and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for staff was acknowledged as an Area of Excellence.”

Read the 2020 QA Review.

Highlights from the 2020 report include:

  • “At St. John’s aspirations are high, and no student is left behind.”
  • “This is an academy where values matter. Students and staff demonstrate respect and pride in their learning community. Students are actively encouraged to make a difference to the future of the planet.”
  • “They [students] are highly enthusiastic about their school and there is a tangible atmosphere of mutual respect across the academy.”
  • “Students are taught to be global citizens, and to celebrate diversity.”
  • “Teachers are passionate about their subjects. Their expert knowledge is delivered authoritatively”
  • “High quality teaching and challenge for all means that disadvantaged students perform well.”
  • “There is a strong culture of care and support for students.”
  • “Students with additional needs receive personalised support from the SEND team. There is a strong culture of care, ensuring that no student is left behind.”
  • “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is excellent”

What is Challenge Partners?

Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led national network of schools that improves school performance through peer-to-peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each school in Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance (QA) Review. The QA Review is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the partnership. The review has a whole-school remit, which enables practitioners to have deep conversations about the quality of learning in the school being reviewed.

All evaluations are agreed between the school and the review team as part of an ongoing professional dialogue that seeks to unpick and articulate practice. Review reports are a successful summary of conversations between peers during three days spent in school.

By nature of being a collaborative peer review, the QA Review is different from other external inspections. The review does not evaluate safeguarding. Its estimates do not directly compare to the judgements of an Ofsted inspection.

Find out more about Challenge Partners on their website.


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