Cockburn School: on the road to Outstanding

Next step Outstanding for Cockburn School on its journey of “Transformation to Excellence”

On Wednesday 30 January 2019 Cockburn School received a Section 8 ‘one day inspection’ by Ofsted. The purpose of the inspection was to determine if the school is continuing to provide a ‘Good’ education.

There were three inspectors in school on this day and they were so pleased with the education the school provides that they confirmed the ‘Good’ judgment but also recommended that inspectors return to complete a two day (Section 5) inspection. This is because inspectors found significant evidence that Cockburn School may be judged ‘Outstanding’ if it received a Section 5 inspection now.

The school was informed that its next inspection will be a Section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years. The school was last inspected in September 2014 when it was judged to be Good with Outstanding features.

Inspectors noted while they were here that the school is an integral part of the local community it serves. The leadership of the school has strong vision in place that makes decisions that are right for the students and meets their needs. Student behaviour and conduct was exemplary and over time they make substantial and sustained progress in their learning.

We are delighted with this response and it confirms all the hard work that our students, staff, parents and governors put in to making Cockburn School such a great school for the local area. We look forward to our pending inspection, which is likely to take place within the next two years, and to potentially achieving ‘Outstanding’ status.

Cockburn School continues to work hard to ensure the quality of education we provide is of the highest standard and the full report from Ofsted, which you can find on our website at, is recognition of our progress so far.


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn School