Ofsted and performance data
Ofsted visit December 2018
Ofsted visited William Parker in December 2018 and confirmed that we are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement. The letter evidences that our boys socialise sensibly, behave respectfully and follow instructions from adults. This has led to a reduction in disruption to learning. The letter also confirms that we have made significant improvements with teaching and we are confident that both of these developments will lead to improved outcomes for our boys.
The Ofsted letter dated 8 January 2018 can be found here.
The Ofsted report for October 2017 can be found here.
Extracts from our Ofsted report:
- 'Safeguarding is effective. Pupils agree that the school is a safe place and that their well-being is given high priority.'
- 'The school provides well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils have a good understanding of fundamental British values such as knowing right from wrong.'
- 'The range of sports is a particular strength.'
- 'Relationships in the school are strong and inspectors saw many examples of positive interactions between staff and pupils and between pupils themselves.'
- 'Where pupils make more rapid progress, such as in English, science and languages, teachers use a variety of ways to gain pupils’ interest in their learning. They plan effectively and use different styles of questions to test pupils’ understanding.'
- '...pupils now have access to a curriculum which is better suited to their needs and prepares them better for their future paths.'
- 'Pupils have opportunities to develop their wider skills through a range of extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport and the arts.'
- 'Pupils are generally respectful of the classrooms and grounds and keep them free from litter. They are smartly dressed and respond well to the school’s expectation of high standards of personal presentation.'
- 'There is a growing sense of common purpose among staff and pupils to make the school a better place in which to learn.'
The Department for Education's school performance data for the school can be found by clicking here.
Our Ofsted data dashboard can be found here.
2018 Examination Results Headlines
The Academy saw an improvement in results across the board in the Summer at both A-Level and GCSE. Whilst modest, the GCSE results improved by 5% (44-49% English and Maths match) against a national dip, whilst we saw a fantastic improvement in our 6th form results which saw us move into the top 25% of schools in the country for progress.
Whilst we have made progress in our GCSE progress 8, we are unrelenting in our drive and determination to achieve at least in line with national progress. This year our attainment score made a 5% increase, when nationally there was a dip in schools outcomes.
We are confident that over the course of the next year, progress will improve further and that our students will make progress in line with their peers nationally. Our attainment 8 grade of 4.0 means that our students achieved a standard pass grade on average in their GCSE subjects this year. The percentage of students achieving a 4-9 in both English and Maths was 49%.
Progress students make in the sixth form
Attainment and progress
Christopher Case Study
Ark 6th Form student Christopher is looking forward to university following the results of his A-Level’s in Business, Politics, and Economics. He already knows he has achieved a distinction in Business through his coursework and is planning to go to Loughborough University to study Business, Economics, and Finance.
Christopher has an interest in how businesses operate and whilst studying for his exams, Christopher juggled a job in retail. Looking to the future, Christopher has high ambitions and with a passion for business and finance he would like to consider a career in investment banking after university.
Reflecting on his time at the Ark 6th Form, Christopher praised his teachers for getting him through his studies and preparing him for his exams and was able to receive a distinction in his Business A-Level.
‘I think that was mainly down to the teacher…He really pushed us to make sure that we all got the best grade, and in that class, in my class and across the year we all did really well.’ ‘He’s pushing you to get the best out of yourself without you even realising it’
Christopher enjoyed his time at Ark 6th Form and was grateful for the support he received from his teachers who he felt he could go to at any time.
‘I think somewhere like here where you want that support or just want security in that if you have a problem you can go to your teacher and you can talk to them… if I had a question I could ask it whenever.’
Christopher was also one of several students to receive a bursary to help with his time at University. Christopher was awarded the Marshall Wace bursary and said,
‘The bursary from Ark will help massively. £3,000 a year is a huge amount of money. It offers me extra financial security and I know I can get all the stuff I know I need for university and have the money to live comfortably and know I won’t be without.’
William Case Study
Among those Hastings students off to university in the summer is Ark 6th Form East Sussex student William who is set to study Sociology at Newcastle University with hopes to go on to a Post-grad Masters and PHD, and is aiming for a future career in social work or youth offending.
His time at school and studying Sociology has given him a desire to understand different cultures and he hopes to be able to travel the world visiting far flung places after his further education.
‘I want to go travelling and experience cultures as it’s all well and good learning about cultures in sociology but we’ve got to truly experience them to understand them.’
William took A-Levels in Biology, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics and praises his teachers throughout his time at Ark William Parker and the Ark 6th Form for their support and really understanding him.
‘They’ve just been there. They know what you are like, they know your skills and weaknesses… and they could tailor their teaching towards me specifically.’
Outside of his studies William took part in the county run LGBT youth group ‘Some People’. Participating for 4 years, he experienced the work of social workers which sparked his interest in a possible career in this field.
‘I saw how much they helped…I saw how they shaped these broken children into the adults they are now.’
Reflecting on his experience at the Ark 6th Form, William would recommend it to future students.
‘I like the fact the sixth form is small, because you knew everyone and everyone knows everyone.’
‘I would recommend it for the teaching and I would recommend it on the idea of being small and quite close knit.’
William was one of a few students to receive a bursary from the Driver Youth Trust from Ark, the network of high-performing schools which includes four schools in Hastings. Each year, the Driver Youth Trust helps talented Ark students headed for top universities, who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education, with expenses like accommodation and subsistence.
‘I was ecstatic that I got it. It will take away financial stress. I’m going to Newcastle and so I’m fully flying the nest and I feel that having that money will be a back-up.’ Having extra money in my pocket for rent, for food and clothes, as well as for laptops and study aids.’