You will be aware that Ofsted inspected our school in June.
We are delighted to announce the result of this inspection sees our school rated as Good across all categories. It has been well publicised that this current Ofsted framework is far more demanding than any previous ones, and therefore, this coupled with post pandemic challenges makes this result even more pleasing.
You can view the Ofsted report here: OFSTED Report
On the day, our students did a superb job of being our school ambassadors. Below are some of the highlights from the report:
- Gosforth Academy is a calm, orderly and purposeful environment where pupils feel safe
- Pupils treat one another with respect
- Staff build positive relations with pupils
- Leaders have developed a culture of high expectation
- Pupils work hard and achieve well
- Pupils talk positively about the opportunities open to them
- Routes into university are well-established
- Pupils benefit from high-quality careers provision
- Leaders are passionate about the school and the area they serve. They work hard to deliver positive outcomes for pupils.
The report also provides valuable feedback on how we can further improve. It was reassuring to see that areas for improvement that Ofsted highlighted were already identified in our own School Development Plan, with many of them being acted on already.
It is also timely to make you aware of this summer’s results performance, given this year saw a return to public exams since 2019. Gosforth Academy has an exceptional reputation for academic performance and I am pleased to tell you that this year students have broken records again. Our Year 13 leavers take up apprenticeships with companies such as Credit Mutuelle, PWC and Robertson Group, and secure places at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Durham and King’s College London, to study highly competitive subjects such as medicine, dentistry, engineering and law. The majority of our Year 11 students will stay with us in the Sixth Form but highlights from their results include 88% of students at Grade 4 or higher in English (a school record) and over 40% of entries at a Grade 7 or higher (the North East average being 22%).
The Ofsted judgement and summer results success clearly establish Gosforth Academy as one of the region’s leading schools and this news is a great way to start a new academic year. I would like to reiterate my thanks to the whole school community, including students, staff and our parents/carers.
Preit Chahal, Principal.