Ofsted success for Eastbourne’s Cavendish School

Cavendish School head teacher Kenny Fitzpatrick and pupils celebrate OFSTED success and show off their new uniform and logo
Cavendish School head teacher Kenny Fitzpatrick and pupils celebrate OFSTED success and show off their new uniform and logo

CAVENDISH School is celebrating another good report from Ofsted after an inspection earlier this month.

Staff and pupils at the Eldon Road secondary school welcomed inspectors at the start new school year.

The Ofsted report particularly praised high levels of teaching and strong achievements of students.

The inspectors said the proportion gaining five or more A* to C GCSE grades was significantly above average and highlighted the supportive and safe environment the school provides.

The report said, “Students feel very safe in school. They treat each other and adults with consideration. There is very little bullying, they say, and they are confident difficulties will be successfully tackled by adults or by student mentors and peer mediators.”

Ofsted also noted the hard work of staff to continually improve the school environment.

However, they did identify some areas for improvement including attendance.

The inspectors said, “Strategies to improve attendance are being extended and reinforced but it is too soon to judge their impact, and unauthorised absence remains too high.”

Kenny Fitzpatrick, the headteacher, said, “The report highlights the fact standards are improving across the board, and there are many areas which are moving towards the outstanding category. The inspectors felt the impact of the changes is such Cavendish can look forward to an excellent future.”

Nigel Askew, chair of governors, added, “The report highlights the fantastic partnerships make The Cavendish School a success, from students and teachers to parents, friends and governors. Everyone should be extremely proud of the efforts made on a daily basis to support the school and the success of the pupils.”

The official report was released earlier this week and is available via the Cavendish School website.