Following an inspection in November in 2022, Colyton Grammar School has retained its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. The news comes hard on the heels of the school being ranked ninth in the UK by the Sunday Times Parent Power schools guide 2022.
The school achieved ‘Outstanding’ across the five main elements of the inspection – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and Sixth Form provision.
Inspectors highlighted that 'Pupils are very proud to attend Colyton Grammar School'. They also recognised that students are passionate about reading and that there is a well-established 'culture of reading across all year groups'. The support for choices beyond school was also praised with a comprehensive careers education provided and Sixth Form students receiving guidance on a range of career pathways.
In what was probably the final Ofsted inspection of a school before lockdown in March 2020, school inspectors confirmed that Colyton Grammar School maintained its ‘Outstanding’ rating while praising its students, staff and wider school community.
Inspectors praised the school team for its integrity, citing its efforts to increase the numbers of students from disadvantaged background (4% four years ago to 10% now) as an example. Their research with parents revealed that 98% would recommend the school.
Commenting on the school’s work with disadvantaged students, the inspectors commented “Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND are very well supported. As a result of this bespoke support, these pupils make very strong progress. Moreover, for some measures, the progress of disadvantaged pupils exceeds their peers. This is because you, other leaders and staff expect the same of these pupils as their peers. Last year 18% of disadvantaged students went to Oxford or Cambridge and 79% attended Russell Group universities. Additionally, all disadvantaged pupils were entered for the EBacc last year.”