Friday 20 October 2023
St Anne's School has received a positive external inspection report.
The school has been rated as 'good' in four out of five categories of the inspection framework. These are: Behaviour and Attitudes; Personal Development and Welfare; Leadership and Management; and Early Years provision. St Anne's has been rated as 'requires improvement' in the Quality of Education category.
Ofsted's report highlights that:
- Pupils are happy, safe and inquisitive about the world.
- The school uses the island of Alderney to enrich pupils learning about many areas of the curriculum such as history and science.
- Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are kind, polite and respectful to each other.
- Many pupils state that bullying is not an issue at the school and that if there were a problem, staff would usually resolve it quickly.
- The school's ambitions for pupils' academic, social and emotional success are shared by all staff. There is a steadfast commitment to improve the quality of education that pupils receive.
- Staff are overwhelmingly proud to work at the school. They say that leaders are considerate of their workload and well-being.
Inspectors identified that pupils do not study a well-structured curriculum in some subjects. The school has accurately identified weaknesses in the curriculum but are relentless in working to rectify them. However, the impact of this work is not yet evident in what pupils learn.
Wendy Wilson, St Anne's School Headteacher, said:
'I am very pleased that Ofsted has recognised many of the qualities of our school and the positive experiences our pupils receive at St Anne's. Whilst there are undoubtedly areas where we can, and will, improve, I was heartened that the inspection report reinforces our belief that we are firmly on the right track. I continue to be very proud of the achievements of both pupils and staff here at St Anne's School and I look forward to steering our school community towards further school improvements, in my privileged role as Headteacher.'
Nick Hynes, Director of Education, said:
'St Anne's School is unique in the Bailiwick as it provides education for young people from age four to 17. This adds complexity to education delivery and I'm really pleased with the progress being made by Wendy and her team. This is a positive inspection report that identifies good practice in many areas and acknowledges that where improvements are needed, staff have identified them, know what needs to be done and are working relentlessly to deliver improvements.'
Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:
'On behalf of the Committee I want to congratulate Wendy, her staff and all the young people at St Anne's School Alderney. As we continue our programme of external inspections, which play such a key role in both validating good practice and identifying where improvements can be made, it is clear that there is much to be positive about within education and this latest report is a further example.'
The full report can be read at Inspections - States of Guernsey (gov.gg)