End of term and new academic year arrangements
I hope that your family is looking forward to a restful summer break. Here at Compass School we will not be stopping for a break, however. During August we will be moving into our newly refurbished accommodation on Drummond Road, so that we are ready to welcome over 200 students in September. Our new buildings will have 15 standard classrooms, 2 music practice rooms, a food technology classroom equipped with brand new cooking equipment, 2 new specialist science labs, and fabulous art, design & technology and drama spaces. We cannot wait to start using these new rooms! Please see below the arrangements for the end of term, and the start of next year. End of term arrangements:
  • Wednesday 15 July – School closes at 3.30pm (40 students at Thorpe Park return by 5.30pm)
  • Thursday 16 July – School sports day and return by 3.30pm
  • Friday 17 July – School closes at 12.50pm
Start of term arrangements:
  • Friday 4 September – New Year 7 only, arrive by 8.15am
  • Monday 7 September – All students return to Compass School, arrive by 8.15am
We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in September. (Please note that access to the school from September will be via a new gate on Drummond Road).
Ofsted Inspection outcome
  We are now permitted to share with you the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection on 20th and 21st of May. You can view/download the full report here. You can also read the letter to parents in our community here. The staff and Governing Body of Compass School are incredibly disappointed with the judgement that we have received, as we do not believe that it accurately reflects the experience that our students receive each day, nor the outcomes that we have achieved so far. At the time of the inspection, at least two thirds of our students were outperforming nationally expected progress targets in English and Mathematics, and across the whole curriculum. With end of year exam results now in, over three quarters of students are making or exceeding nationally expected progress. Our data, which Ofsted accepts as reliable, suggests that our first cohort of students will achieve highly in their GCSEs, putting Compass School Southwark in the top 20% of schools nationally. Though the single inspector praised the work of the Leadership Team, he had intimated from the beginning of the inspection that we had not had time – being open less than two years – to become a good school. The Leadership Team and Governing Body sought to disprove this throughout the two-day inspection, but were unsuccessful. The Leadership and Governance at Compass School is not in question, nor is our vision, values and approach to educating the young people in our community. Further, the inspector was clear that the Senior Leadership Team understand what is required and know how to develop the school further. The report states that “there are sound systems to identify the academy’s strengths and weaknesses...reflected in the improvements leaders have made to attendance, behaviour and achievement.” As a result, the Governing Body is fully supportive of the work of the current Leadership Team, and is confident that the school will go from strength to strength as a result. Page 3 of the report contains a list of areas for the school to improve. These are all actions that are already underway, are understood by all members of staff, and are set out within the existing School Development Plan. The next steps on our journey to becoming an outstanding school will be a monitoring visit by Ofsted in the Autumn term, followed by another Section 5 Ofsted inspection within the next 24 months.Compass School Southwark is a great school – those of us who are a part of it every day know that. It is our responsibility now to ensure that your child receives the best possible opportunities at school, and we will work hard to prove Ofsted wrong in our next inspection.