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.