Press Release - Ofsted Inspection 2019

Ofsted Good 2019Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to update you on the recent Ofsted Inspection which took place on the 15th and 16th January 2019. During the course of the inspection the team observed 41 lessons, interviewed the senior leaders, governors and other staff members. They also observed student behaviour around the school, in lessons and during unstructured time. They spoke with numerous students both formally and informally. All key information, records and documents relating to pupil attainment progress, attendance and behaviour were scrutinised.

The overall judgement awarded to Maidstone Grammar School was Good.  The final report can be viewed HERE and I would strongly urge parents to read the report in detail to fully appreciate its content.

We were both delighted and unsurprised that the inspectors and the report recognised many of the outstanding, special and distinctive aspects of our school. These included safeguarding, personal development, welfare, and behaviour as well as the strong sense of community, excellent pastoral care and the tangible pride that students and staff have in our school.

As a school we believe that the overall judgement is an entirely fair, accurate and realistic reflection of where the school is currently placed. The inspectors applauded the direction in which the school has been travelling over the last 18 months and the significant amount of work which has already been undertaken to raise and strengthen its academic profile and student outcomes. The ‘green shoots of improvement’ are already visible and Inspectors commented on recent rapid progress, particularly at A level since 2017. Since the inspection we have also been heartened to find ourselves ranked tenth best Grammar school (out of 37) in Kent and Medway for progress at A level. In addition, we have recently celebrated 7 Oxbridge offers as well as a significant number of offers from top ranking universities. The picture at GCSE is also improving and all the indications are that results this year will be positive.

Despite all this work, we have not yet had sufficient time to fully realise our aspirational targets for our students and demonstrate that these can be sustained over time. It was for this reason that the final judgement had to be Good rather than Outstanding.

The Governing Body has met and considered the report in detail. Governors identified the very many positive aspects of the report and remain confident that young people who receive their education at MGS will leave very well prepared to make the most of their future opportunities and contribute positively to society. Governors recognise, however, that improvements are needed in respect of teaching and learning and fully support the work already underway in this area as the best means of bringing about those improvements. 

Yours sincerely

M Tomkins