School Evaluation and Ofsted

In our endeavour to continue to be outstanding in everything we do we have a rigorous school self-evaluation process. This includes:

  • Self-evaluation and improvement planning at a whole-school level and department level
  • Staff appraisal
  • Staff questionnaires and staff voice group
  • Student councils, student voice activities and questionnaires
  • Parental questionnaires
  • External review from our School Improvement Partner, Mr Mark Tweedle
  • External reviews and support from educational experts, subject specialists and consultants
  • Using value added systems to set targets and evaluate student progress including ALPS and FFT


Clitheroe Royal Grammar School was last inspected in November 2006 and was judged as outstanding.

Quotes from the Inspection report

“This is an outstanding school.”
“The standard of education in the sixth form is outstanding.”
“Standards throughout the school are very high and achievements are outstanding.”
“Personal development and well-being are outstanding.”
“The school correctly judged the quality of its care, guidance and support to be outstanding.”
“The headteacher and senior leadership team know their school particularly well and provide outstanding leadership.”
“The school provides outstanding value for money.”

View the November 2006 Ofsted Report

Review by Dr Andy Swallow, 2015

Dr Swallow, a school improvement professional with significant experience of inspecting schools, spent 3 days reviewing our Sixth Form and Main School provision.

A few quotes from Dr Swallow’s report are found below:

Sixth Form

"Students’ attendance in the sixth form is high. They arrive punctually at school, and at lessons."

"Students’ overall behaviour in the sixth form is outstanding."

"During the consultant’s visit, students indicated how ambitious all of the adults in the sixth form were, on their behalf, and how determined they were, as individuals, to give of their best, and go on to post-18 learning experiences in prestigious universities, or continue high quality training and successful employment."

"Students take seriously their leadership roles, embrace willingly work experience, challenge of management and ethics, philosophy and religion conference opportunities, and participate readily in the wide range of clubs and extra-curricular events, organising and promoting many themselves, such as the debating and inter-faith societies and the politics club."

"The post-16 curriculum is fit for purpose, and very well designed. All students follow study programmes that build on their prior achievement and ensure progression to higher levels. Students are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education, training or employment"

— Dr Andy Swallow

Main School

"Students say how calm and orderly school life is, and how everyone relates well to one another."

"Around the main school site, students’ conduct is exemplary."

"Students say how much they enjoy their lessons. They say how interesting and demanding they are, and how regular and helpful the feedback is that they receive from teachers."

"Target setting is aspirational and ambitious."

"The curriculum is broad and balanced and is tailored thoughtfully to meet all students’ needs, especially the highest attainers."

"An impressive range of enrichment activities and experiences enhance students’ skills and qualities very well indeed."

— Dr Andy Swallow