Critchill School - OFSTED Outcome

25th September 2023

Pupils and teachers at Critchill School are celebrating their recent Ofsted inspection.

Critchill School in Frome (part of Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership) recently had a 2 day Ofsted inspection, section 8 in June 2023. Her Majesty's Inspector and team believed there is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if a section 5 inspection were to be conducted. 

Executive Headteacher , Sophie Addison said " I am delighted that the hard work undertaken by the pupils and staff at Critchill has been recognised. The report itself is very positive and highlights the many elements of effective provision at the school. It is also worth noting that the Inspectors could not identify any areas for improvementThat said, all school staff are committed to further improving the school and I am looking forward to working with them on key priorities over the coming year"

Quote from the inspection report - "The Executive Headteacher and her staff have high expectations for pupils' learning and achievements. Staff expertly support pupils to communicate effectively. They skilfully adapt what happens in the classroom so that all pupils can progress well through the curriculum. As a result, pupils thrive. They gain confidence, learn new skills and develop independence. Pupils enjoy coming to this welcoming, happy school"

Andrew Jones , Chair of Governors said "I am really pleased to see that the independent external evaluation by OFSTED has recognised the great work the staff at Critchill School do. They deliver education tailored to each individual's needs and capabilities, to prepare our young people to lead rewarding and happy lives. We're looking forward to their next visit when we can realistically expect formal confirmation that Critchill School is an outstanding school"

Critchill School would like to thank all those involved in the inspection itself, especially the pupils for their conduct and enthusiasm at school which was clearly evidenced during the inspection, also to the parents and carers, governors and trust colleagues who have supported the school.  Critchill School will receive a section 5 inspection. This is usually within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection.

The report was published on 20th September and can now be viewed online at