Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

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About Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Name Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
Website http://www.queenelizabeths.derbyshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Head of Academy Mr Scott Garrity
Address The Green Road, Ashbourne, DE6 1EP
Phone Number 01335343685
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1342
Local Authority Derbyshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School continues to be a good school.

The headteacher of this school is Scott Garrity. This school is part of QEGSMAT, a multi-academy trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Anne Martin, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Sue Hall. There is also a director of education, Dominic Hudson, who is responsible for this school and two other schools.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are positive about the education they receive here.

They know that staff want the very best for them. Pupils know that their teachers want... them to demonstrate the school's vision of, 'we care, therefore, we question, we explore, we give and as a result, we succeed'.

Pupils are taught how to stay safe in and beyond school.

Most pupils say that when bullying happens, staff take it seriously. Staff act quickly to resolve any issues. However, not all pupils feel confident to report issues of bullying.

The majority of pupils behave well and get on together. The atmosphere in most lessons is purposeful. A vast majority of pupils respect each other and their teachers.

There is a small minority of pupils who do not. As a result, this can impact on other pupils' positive experiences of school.

Pupils describe extra activities as the 'best things' about the school.

The wide variety of clubs and activities means that there is something for everyone. Teachers join in too: for example, the Race for Life event involved many young people and members of the community. This not only encourages participation, but also shows the school's commitment to engaging with the community.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has put in place a curriculum that sets out the knowledge that pupils should learn in each subject. Pupils' knowledge and skills are carefully built over time. They study a range of subjects that reflect the local area they live in.

Pupils achieve well.

Pupils settle quickly into their learning. Teachers' subject knowledge is strong.

They ask questions that help pupils to develop their understanding. Some teachers use previous experiences to bring learning to life. For example, in business studies, a teacher referenced a previous job of making profit and vibrantly shared, 'The bottom line is to make profit and nothing else.'

Recall activities at the start of lessons help pupils to remember what they have learned before. Pupils link this knowledge to their current learning. Teachers provide useful feedback.

Pupils use this to reflect on what they have done well and how they can continue to improve. As a result, many pupils and students produce high-quality work across the curriculum. Pupils understand how assessments help them know and remember more of what is taught.

Many teachers promptly identify pupils' misconceptions and correct these. They use their knowledge of pupils to decide the next steps for learning. The majority of pupils say that 'teachers challenge you'.

Pupils and staff have positive relationships.

There is an effective approach to support all pupils to become better readers. The English department and school librarian work in partnership to ensure that reading has a high priority and pupils develop a love for reading.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum as other pupils. Some achieve well. However, the support for pupils with SEND is inconsistent.

Some staff do not adapt or modify the curriculum well enough so that these pupils can achieve as well as their peers. The school provides a 'step-up' transition group for some Year 7 pupils with SEND. This ensures that these pupils are fully integrated into school life.

Pupils in this group speak highly of the support they receive.

Students in the sixth form are challenged to achieve their full potential. The work produced by these students is of a high quality.

This reflects how their knowledge and skills have built up over time. Students say that they are well supported with their studies. They feel confident about their next steps in education, employment or training.

One student summed up the views of many by saying, 'Teachers have high expectations of you, but they also care. They know us and what we can achieve.' The number of students moving on to university, including Oxbridge, as well as high-level apprenticeships, is increasing.

Most pupils behave well in lessons. Instances of low-level disruption are challenged appropriately by staff. Pupils say that behaviour is generally 'okay' across the school.

Sometimes, behaviour is 'less okay' when pupils are not with their regular teacher. Pupils and students in the sixth form say that behaviour is not as good in the younger year groups. The school is working to improve standards of behaviour in key stage 3.

Leaders are considerate of the workload and well-being of staff. Staff say that they feel valued and appreciated. Staff retention is strong.

One member of staff summed up the views of many by commenting that the school, 'is a great place to work [and] I look forward to coming to work every day'.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The school is ambitious for pupils with SEND.

However, the support these pupils receive is inconsistent. There is variability in how well teachers adapt the curriculum for some pupils with SEND. When learning activities are not precisely tailored to meet these pupils' needs, they can be left with gaps in their knowledge.

The school must ensure that all teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to help these pupils achieve well. ? Some pupils do not feel that they can report bullying or poor behaviour. They feel it will not always be dealt with effectively.

This means that some pupils do not routinely report their concerns. The school should ensure that pupils feel confident to report bullying concerns and that all concerns are successfully addressed. ? The school's new policy for managing behaviour is making a positive difference.

However, there are small pockets of poor behaviour, particularly in key stage 3, that impact on pupils' experience. The school should ensure that staff are consistent in their application of the behaviour policy.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2014.

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