Congleton High School was most recently inspected by Ofsted on 10th January 2018.  Inspectors spent a full day at the school, experiencing many aspects of everyday school life and also observing students' behaviour both in and out of the classroom. Formal meetings were held with the Executive Principal, the senior leadership team, governors, teaching staff and Cmat Trustees. In addition to scrutinising samples of the students' work, the inspectors also talked with students about their experiences at Congleton High and their behaviour. The views of parents, staff and students were also sought via Ofsted's anonymous online feedback questionnaires and taken into consideration.

The subsequent report positively addresses all aspects of the school, including leadership, teaching, governance and the student body, praising Congleton High as ‘An inclusive school where you aim to get the best out of everyone’ and ‘A respectful and orderly environment where staff and pupils can work as a team’.

The report praises many of the other strengths of the school, including:

  • ‘The strong team ethos means that everyone helps each other.’
  • ‘The leadership team balance ambition for excellence with support.’
  • ‘The relationships between teachers and pupils are highly supportive. This allows pupils to ask for help when they need it and learn from their mistakes.’
  • ‘The supportive culture of the school means that many pupils help each other alongside the support that they receive from their teacher.’
  • ‘Students welcome the opportunity to help each other.’
  • ‘Governors and trustees offer a diverse set of high-level skills from a range of backgrounds. These skills allow them to ask appropriate and direct questions of school leaders.’
  • ‘Across the curriculum, teachers use effective questioning. This allows pupils to learn from their mistakes.’
  • ‘Students with whom the inspectors spoke would recommend their school to a friend.’
  • ‘Staff feel highly valued…that leaders listen to them and believe that their well-being is a high priority.’
  • ‘Staff are proud to be members of the school community.’

Whilst recognising the many improvements that have been implemented since the last Ofsted visit, the report also suggests areas for further development. These suggestions are in line with our own improvement plans and so will continue to press on with our development work in order to strengthen the school even further. ‘[Leadership] is honest in evaluation of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.’

CHS has now been graded as a ‘Good’ school since 2010 and we are delighted that they have confirmed that our work in safeguarding students remains ‘'effective'. “Leaders have ensured that safeguarding pupils is everyone's priority.” This strength of the school was highlighted in a ‘best practice survey’ on Safeguarding in Schools carried out in October 2010. An inspector looked at our outstanding practice in safeguarding and the findings were used to contribute to a publication about best practice in safeguarding in schools. This report and our previous Ofsted reports can be downloaded below and the Ofsted website can be accessed via this link:

Thank you to all parents who provided feedback to Ofsted by completing their online Parent View questionnaire. We were delighted to hear that over 90% of parents who responded would recommend the school to another parent. Parents and carers may be interested to know that you can give your views of our school to Ofsted at any time of the school year and not just during an inspection.  All you need to do is register with an email address and password at Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about the school, such as how well we deal with bullying, the quality of teaching, whether the level of homework given to your child is appropriate, and whether you would recommend the school to other parents. Thank you.

If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception.

Ofsted Reports for CHS

For information about joining the Congleton High School community in Year 7 or above, please see the 'Becoming a Student at CHS' page in the Parents and Carers section of this website. Click here to be redirected.