Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review

This year, we have joined a highly regarded, nationwide network of schools called Challenge Partners.

As a member of this network, schools receive training and networking opportunities, as well as an external review.

The Team found that leaders at Alderwood have ‘the highest of expectations’ for our pupils and that our ‘drive for excellence has brought about significant and rapid improvement’.  They also noted that ‘relationships between pupils and adults and pupils are excellent’ and show ‘trust and respect’ and that our wonderful learning environment was ‘exceptional’ and used well to ‘drive expectations’. 

We were also awarded an ‘Area of Excellence’ for our learning environment as the Team felt it was truly exemplary.

Please see below for the latter to parents from our Chair of Governors and our full Challenge Partners Reiew Report.

We are very pleased that the great learning at Alderwood has been recognised by the review team and would like to thank our children, staff and parents for the continued hard work and support that make Alderwood such a great place to be.

Challenge Partners Statement

Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led national network of schools that improves school performance through peer-to-peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each school in Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance (QA) Review. The QA Review is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the partnership. The review has a whole-school remit and focuses on teaching and learning, which enables practitioners to have deep conversations about the quality of learning in the school being reviewed. All outcomes are agreed between the school and the review team as part of an ongoing professional dialogue that seeks to unpick and articulate effective teaching practice and school improvement strategies.

Review reports are best viewed as a summary of conversations between peers during three days spent in school. By nature of being a collaborative peer review, the QA Review is different from other external inspections. Due to the review’s focus on teaching and learning, the review does not consider areas such as safeguarding or governance and so its outcomes are not directly comparable to an Ofsted inspection.