Ofsted visited Pioneer on the 13th and 14th September for their first section 5 graded inspection since the school opened in 2019.
Inspectors awarded the highest possible grade in all areas, stating: ‘This is an exceptional school where pupils flourish.’
The report went on to say: ‘The school has the highest expectations for what pupils can achieve. Teachers encourage their pupils to aim high in their aspirations. Pupils in the school rise to these expectations at every opportunity.’
Ofsted also remarked on the breadth of curriculum and strength of the extra-curricular offering at the school. Significantly, it noted that ‘pupils take great pride in the school, and their behaviour is impeccable’.
Teachers were praised for their subject knowledge and skill: ‘Teachers are experts in the subject they teach. They help pupils to become independent and resilient learners. As a result, pupils have the confidence to attempt work that significantly challenges them.’
Principal Aishling Ryan said: “We are incredibly proud of this report, which recognises the exemplary way in which our school lives out its vision and values. High aspirations are at the heart of all we do, so we are delighted to have earned such strong recognition for the hard work and commitment of the whole school community – staff and pupils alike.”
Speaking of the school’s relationship within the Barnet community, Ryan added: “We appreciate the support of all our parents and families, in particular those founding parents who joined us as a brand new venture in 2019. It is a pleasure to work in partnership with our parents to ensure every child receives the very best education we can offer.”
“We are a new school, so while we are certainly celebrating this achievement, we are also excited about the growth of our school, and the potential to further excel in the years to come.”
A copy of the full inspection report can be found on the Ofsted website.