Challenge Partner Reports

Challenge Partners is a national education charity, established and led by practitioners with a mission to reduce educational inequality and improve the life chances of all children. In-person Quality Assurance Reviews (QARs) have always been at the heart of the Network of Excellence, providing the challenge that is in the name. Professionally-led peer reviews focus on how approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and leadership benefit all learners, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with additional needs. It identifies and celebrates exceptional practice, helping each school to identify what they need to do to improve on their previous best.

The outcome of all our QA reviews from 2018 to 2023 agreed an outstanding / leading estimate in all categories.

Leaders, ably supported by governors, have high aspirations for the school. Leaders are visible, sharing and modelling their ambitious vision across all sites. This results in consistent ‘buy in’ from staff across the school, which ensures consistent, exemplary practice.” [2020]

The school has been accredited with two Areas of Excellence – ‘A personalised continuum of education and care’(2019) and ‘Mental health support’ (2023).