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Cranbrook Education Campus rated Good by Ofsted ​​​​​​​

Cranbrook Education Campus, (CEC) part of our Trust, has been rated "Good" by Ofsted following an inspection in May. The all-through school received "Good" ratings in all areas evaluated by the school watchdog, including the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Ofsted inspectors noted in their new report that “pupils are happy and safe; they know the school's ‘PERKS of being Crantastic’ values well, which include being kind and safe and that the school has a positive atmosphere and learning is rarely disturbed. 

Inspectors highlighted that pupils benefit from a range of clubs and activities, for instance, primary age pupils participate in the mini Dukes programme, which helps to prepare them for secondary school events such as the Exe Valley and Jurassic Coast challenges.  

The school’s ambitious curriculum was also acknowledged in the report, with inspectors noting that CEC also successfully promotes the importance of reading. Ofsted inspectors further commented on the school's relentless work to remove barriers to pupils participation and success.

Ofsted concluded that the school accurately identifies the needs of SEND pupils and that appropriate adaptations are made, which helps pupils to learn the curriculum and build their independence. 

How welcoming CEC is to pupils from families seeking asylum was also commended by the inspectors who said that their actions exemplify the school's vision to extend opportunity to its community. You can find out more about this work in the recent TES article here:

CEC’s careers programme was also acknowledged, with inspectors stating that pupils in the secondary phase benefit from an effective careers education programme; they have meaningful encounters with employers and receive impartial advice about next steps in their education. 

Other comments from Ofsted included: 

  • Recently appointed anti-bullying ambassadors help to promote the school's culture of respecting and celebrating difference.
  • Pupils have a strong voice in the school; through the pupil parliament, for example, they represent each other's views and make positive contributions to the school community. 
  • The school provides an intelligently designed curriculum for pupils' personal development; the programme covers an appropriate range of topics such as online safety, mental health, and relationships.

To read the full report click here. 

Stephen Farmer, Head of Campus, at Cranbrook Education Campus said:

“I am so proud that CEC has been rated Good in all areas by Ofsted. This judgement is a testament to the hard work of all our dedicated staff, to the attitude of our pupils and the support of their families. We are a school entirely rooted in our community and we hope the opportunities we offer to our young people will transform, not just their lives but the local area.”

Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

Congratulations to everyone at Cranbrook Education Campus. It’s clear how hard Mr Farmer, Ms Gandhi and the whole CEC team work and how much the pupils value their education. Everyone at the trust was particularly pleased to see the amazing work CEC have done to support families seeking asylum was recognised by Ofsted.”