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Our school underwent an Ofsted Inspection in September 2021 and we are proud to share with our community that we continue to be judged “Good” in all areas.

The inspectors noted a strong sense of pride for the School and praised the fact that it is like “a big family”.   They also highlighted that leaders of the school are “ambitious for all pupils; they have high expectations.”   Going on to raise the rich and detailed curriculum for pupils in the classroom and beyond throughout South Chingford Foundation School.

During the Inspection many pupils referred to the high level of help they receive from the teaching staff, quoting a pupil who had said “Teachers are really helpful; they give you advice and support”.

The reorganisation of the curriculum from Years 7 to 9 to strengthen the breadth and depth of the education provision was highlighted, stating “they are ambitious about what they want pupils to achieve.”

The SEND provision was commended “Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive an ambitious curriculum adapted for their needs.”  In addition safeguarding throughout the school is seen to be effective, with the report stating “Leaders are reflective and pro-active in their approach to safeguarding”.

The Report goes on to state that staff are well supported by leaders at the school and that the staff “appreciate the consideration given to their workload and well-being.”

We were particularly pleased to receive positive comment about the Our Promise to You programme, which provides full enrichment opportunities for pupils at SCFS, including a wide range of activities such as debating, challenges such as climbing and visits to inspiring institutions such as the University of Cambridge. We are delighted that pupils are excited to see a return to these opportunities and other enrichment activities, following the pause throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to further developing this programme and engaging with as many pupils at the School to ensure there is full participation.

We hope that all of our South Chingford Foundation School community - staff, parents/carers and pupils alike - will feel immense pride in this Ofsted assessment and we look forward to continuing the great work and progressing on our work as a Centre of Excellence.

You can read the full Report by clicking on the link below.

Ofsted Report 2021

Letter to Parents and Carers