Committed to driving continuous improvement.

Leaders and governors of Kenton School, Newcastle’s largest secondary school, have restated their commitment to drive improvements following its latest Ofsted review.

Kenton’s Principal and the Chair of the Governing Body have shared the Ofsted inspection result of ‘Requires improvement’ and set out areas where the school will be making improvements.

Particular focus will be given to addressing low attendance and persistent absenteeism, along with an increased emphasis on teaching quality in certain areas, with more ambitious standards being set by teachers for all students, irrespective of background.

While Kenton received an Overall Effectiveness rating of ‘Requires improvement’, the School’s Sixth Form was rated ‘Good’ by inspectors and is set to recruit increasing numbers of students in the coming year.

We are the largest school in the city, attracting almost 1,800 pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a significant proportion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This presents many challenges, but we are pleased that Ofsted recognised our ‘passion for inclusion’ and our determination to give children from the area ‘another chance’ at their education, so they can move on to further study, training or employment. Ofsted also highlighted our strong support for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities and that we honoured our Kenton mission: ‘All Different, All Equal.’

The report identified the quality of our teaching in art and the impressive standards we set in this subject, which was encouraging, and we are delighted that our sixth form was rated ‘Good’.

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Ofsted reports

Kenton School’s Ofsted Report – September 2022 

Ofsted monitoring visit report – December 2023

You can download previous reports here.

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