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Charnwood College

Charnwood College broadens the horizons of all students through high academic standards and unrivalled enrichment opportunities. Developing respectful, confident, articulate and motivated students.

Charnwood College was inspected by Ofsted on the 13th and 14th September 2022.   


I am delighted to announce that Ofsted praises the improvements we have made since their last visit, recognising that the school is now ‘GOOD‘ in all areas; Quality of Education; Behaviour and attitudes; Personal development; Leadership and management, Sixth form provision and Overall effectiveness.


This is a major shift for our Academy coupled with the best academic results in the history of the School and the recognition is testament to the hard work of pupils, parents and staff, who have worked together with colleagues from the David Ross Education Trust’s central team, to boost pupils’ aspirations and outcomes, and to encourage a positive learning environment.


The Ofsted report highlighted


“Pupils at Charnwood College experience a culture of respect and positivity. Pupils behave in lessons and around the school. Leaders have established an inclusive and calm environment in which pupils can learn.


Staff know pupils well and use the daily roll call to foster a sense of community and to check on well-being. Pupils feel safe and recognise that teachers are available to support them. Pupils are not worried about bullying and know teachers will deal with it on the rare occasions it happens. Pupils respect difference.


Leaders are ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers’ subject knowledge is strong. Leaders promote the importance of reading. Leaders have designed a coherent personal development programme.


Students in the sixth form study in focused environments. Sixth-form students say they feel comfortable being themselves in what is a supportive setting. A number of sixth-form students talk favourably about how teachers cater for their individual needs.”


I am incredibly proud of our pupils, staff and Governors for this achievement, and I am thrilled that 95% of parents recommend Charnwood College to others.


Ofsted has recognised our hard work and the sustained improvements we have made.   I look forward to continuing to work alongside our pupils, parents and staff to ensure that we build on this success and work towards an Outstanding provision for our school that is rapidly becoming oversubscribed. 


Alastair O'Connor


charnwood college ofsted report.pdf