Duke’s Sixth Form Ofsted Views

Duke’s Sixth Form received a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted as a result of its inspection in 2015. It was inspected again in 2017 and was judged to be ‘Good’ once more. Although the full report can be viewed elsewhere on the Duke’s School website, recorded here are a selection of the comments made by Ofsted after their last two inspections.


Ofsted Report November 2017

  • Swift and decisive action to address any underperformance is taken where needs arise
  • Students are supported effectively in selecting programmes of study that are best suited to their needs and ability
  • Leaders place students firmly at the heart of the sixth form’s work and central to its processes
  • Students are proud of their school and speak highly of the support they receive from their teachers
  • A wide and varied enrichment programme enhances students’ experiences
  • Careers fayres, university visits, apprenticeship talks and life skills programmes contribute successfully to students being well prepared for their next steps in learning and life beyond school
  • All year 12 students experience a work placement which helps to prepare them for the world of work
  • Students talk with enthusiasm about their positive work experience placements
  • Careers advice, guidance and information is a strength of the sixth form and ensures that students feel well informed and supported in their next steps
  • Students in the sixth form make good progress in re-sit English and maths
  • High aspirations and strengths in teaching and learning are securing particularly good outcomes for students on vocational courses
  • Teaching and learning in the sixth form is good. Teachers have a clear understanding of individual students’ interests and capabilities. Consequently students make good progress


Ofsted Report September 2015

  • Leaders are highly ambitious for students in the 6F
  • Study programmes are well informed by students’ interests and career aspirations so they are well prepared for the next stage
  • Students’ progress is carefully checked and individuals are supported well when they need to make better progress
  • Individualised support and effective teaching ensures that most students make good progress
  • The large proportion of students who take part in vocational programmes make good progress
  • Students access a wide range of activities and enrichment opportunities
  • Careers advice and guidance is very effective
  • There is a strong focus on broadening students’ experiences and raising their aspirations