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Twelve outstanding secondary schools: Excelling against the odds


February 24, 2009

Author: Ofsted with Dr Peter Matthews

Institution: Ofsted

Full reference: Twelve outstanding secondary schools: Excelling against the odds, HMI: 080240, February 2009

This report is intended as a discussion document for leaders in secondary schools. It sets out to portray the reasons for the success of schools that defy the circumstances of the students and families they serve and overcome the challenges they face. In the 12 outstanding schools studied in the report a higher than average proportion of students come from poor or disturbed home backgrounds.

The selected schools defy the association of poverty with outcomes; enabling young people to succeed and reduce their disadvantage. The report draws from the practice, experience and ambition of the schools to identify the reasons for the success. The main sections explore the three themes of achieving excellence, sustaining excellence and sharing excellence.

Three of the featured schools have completed a Creative Partnerships programme.

Research questions & methodology

The evidence used for this report includes published, current and, where applicable, previous inspection reports and surveys involving the schools, and performance data, including RAISEonline. HMI visited the schools, each of which had prepared a day’s programme of meetings with key members of the school community.

The schools were asked to identify the features they considered central to their success in becoming and remaining outstanding. The features that the schools identified as important ingredients of their achievements are reported and are illustrated by short case studies.

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