Inspectors praise school and say new headteacher has a ‘strong vision’

A girls’ school has been praised by government inspectors.

Frances Bardsley School for Girls in Brentwood Road, Romford, received a good rating from Ofsted and was said to have a satisfactory capacity for improvement.

The report said students leave school with high performance levels in many subjects including English and mathematics.

It added: “Overall, students make good progress across all subjects. This is supported by above-average attendance.”

Ofsted said that the key strengths of the school were students’ spiritual awareness, the celebration of diversity and students’ contribution to the community.

The report praised new headteacher, Julian Dutnall, saying he has a strong vision and his staff are excited about the future for the school.

It added: “The new headteacher has communicated well with staff so that they feel listened to and have ownership of the vision for the school; there is a strong belief that the school will go from strength to strength.”

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Inspectors were impressed with the school’s promotion of community values and its work with a range of community groups, such as the various counselling services on site.

The school was asked to improve the way in which leaders monitor and evaluate performance by helping teachers use their assessments more effectively to help with planning; provide an even more effective overview of the performance of the school, and ensure policies are implemented.

The sixth form was asked to raise standards by improving the quality of lesson planning for the more able students.