No Notice Section 8 Inspection of Heworth Grange Comprehensive School
Focus: Behaviour and Safety
Actions taken by senior leaders continue to secure the calm and friendly atmosphere identified at the time of the last inspection in October 2012.
All students wear their uniform and look smart. This is because there is a strict code of conduct for uniform and equipment and students are checked for compliance regularly.
They (the students) settle down quickly and display positive attitudes to learning; responding appropriately to requests made by staff.
The improved behaviour policy comprises a rewards and sanctions approach that is understood clearly by staff and students.
Discrete staff presence at break times and in specific year group areas across school enables students to socialise with their friends safely.
Again, well-supervised by staff, students are able to stay in school, move around the well-supervised grounds or attend a range of lunch time activities.
Attendance is rising as a result of strategies such as additional individual targeted support to students at risk of non-attendance and disaffection; particularly those in Year 11.
Work with primary school pupils and their parents is helping them to understand the high expectations of conduct and behaviour at Heworth Grange.
Leaders’ work to ensure teachers apply the school’s behaviour policy consistently and their high expectations of all in terms of respectful relationships. One student echoed this approach when she asserted that ‘this is a friendly school and people usually get along with each other’.