I’d like to wish a belated happy new year to parents and carers. My new year resolution is to write a regular blog to update you all as to developments at the school and on issues and developments in education.

As many of you will no doubt have seen on the news this week, Ofsted is making some radical changes to the way that they assess the quality of education that young people receive. They will move away from using examination results as being the most important factor when assessing a school’s quality. Instead they are going to weigh up the quality of education that students receive in terms of behaviour, welfare, the quality of the curriculum and the opportunities that young people get. This will stop schools from playing the Ofsted game and instead focus on providing schooling that works for all of its students.

At Moor Park this is music to our ears; although our examination results have improved radically we have not achieved this by taking shortcuts or manipulating data. We really only work hard on four things: student behaviour, student care and safety, a challenging curriculum which includes lots of enrichment activities and finally, great teaching by teachers that know our students and care about their progress. We are expecting Ofsted back to see us in the next eighteen months, I think it is safe to say that they will be impressed.