High praise for 'strong' CLF Post 16

January 29 2019

CABOT Learning Federation is celebrating after its Post 16 provision was rated Good in all areas by the education watchdog Ofsted.

 Inspectors judged the sixth form as part of their visit to John Cabot Academy in Kingswood in November, when they also rated the school as a whole as Good.

 They said: “Post 16 is a strength of the school. It successfully caters for a large number of students with a range of abilities and from diverse backgrounds. Leaders and teachers ensure that students are well supported,make good progress and go on to positive education or training destinations.”

Lead inspector Andrew Lovett said in his report: “The quality of leadership of the Post 16 is strong and effective in meeting the needs of a broad range of students’ differing needs. Leaders have a clear vision of ensuring that all students can be successful, regardless of ability or circumstance. They have implemented a curriculum and support programme that ensures that many students, including those that are vulnerable or have additional barriers to success, can achieve their goals. In 2018, every student achieved a university place or an apprenticeship, or equivalent high-quality employment with a training opportunity.”

The inspectors said Post 16 students benefit from being taught by skilled subject specialists who know them well and set appropriate tasks and challenges.

 “Students studying A levels make broadly similar progress to students in other sixth forms. Over the last few years, results have slowly improved, although in 2018 they remained broadly static. Disadvantaged students made good progress and pupils who speak English as an additional language also achieved well. Students studying applied subjects achieved a little less well in 2018 than in the previous year. Leaders and teachers have acted quickly to address this and students currently studying in school are making appropriate progress,” it said.

Ofsted noted that  students who retake GCSE English and mathematics make strong progress. 

"Students are making good progress because the quality of teaching is consistently well matched to their needs. Students are also well supported by teachers through a well- organised academic mentoring system. Students value this level of individual attention. Teachers are quick to provide additional help when they see students struggling to keep up with their studies." 

Kath Cooper, Head of CLF Post 16, which is run over two sites at JCA and Bristol Brunel Academy, said, “I am delighted with the outcome from the recent Ofsted visit.  This is a true representation of the journey Post 16 has been on over the last three years. 

"I am thrilled to be recognised as an inclusive and purposeful Post 16 that continues to provide excellent care and strong guidance for all students.”