Ofsted has delivered its verdict on a Herefordshire secondary school, following an inspection that took place on 10th and 11th January 2023.

The inspection rated The Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard as a ‘Good’ school.

The report stated the following:

This is a school where pupils are valued and well cared for. They enjoy coming to school. They are happy and feel safe. Bullying is rare. Pupils are very confident that staff will deal with any concerns raised.

Pupils behave well in lessons. They are respectful towards staff and towards each other. They listen carefully to their teachers and try hard to complete their work. Leaders have high expectations for pupils’ achievement. The curriculum has been carefully developed to meet pupils’ needs and interests.

Teachers have good subject knowledge. They often provide interesting activities for their pupils. However, there is still work to do
to make sure all teachers explain new information clearly and give pupils useful feedback on their work.

Staff are ambitious for pupils’ wider development. Pupils value the broad offer of clubs, activities and external visits. Pupils also benefit from a well-structured careers programme that includes a work experience opportunity for every pupil.

The curriculum is well planned. Subject leaders have made rational and sensible choices about content and order which enables them to build learning over time. Despite the small size of the school, pupils in key stage 4 can study a wide range of subjects. This includes vocational pathways in, for example, land-based studies or construction.

These are highly valued by pupils. Leaders continue to explore ways to increase the number of pupils who chose to study a language in key stage 4.

In many lessons, teaching is engaging and enthusiastic. Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to motivate students. Teachers build effective links between previous and current learning. However, new subject matter is not always presented clearly and teachers do not always select the best resources to help pupils understand new ideas.

Full Report – Ofsted | Queen Elizabeth High School