Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted to inform you that I have received our latest OFSTED report and share the fact that New Forest School has been judged as outstanding in all areas.

A copy of the report has been uploaded to the school website can can be viewed here:

The report will also be available on the OFSTED website in the next few days.

I am very proud of the judgement for our school which reflects the hard work and dedication from our students, staff, parents/carers and the wider school community.

Throughout the inspection a large number of our students were spoken to by the inspectors regarding a range of topics and the students positive feedback was humbling to hear as they are the focus of all that we do as a school.

I am also incredibly proud of the staff team who work so hard day in, day out to support our students. This report certainly reflects their dedication to our students and the school as a whole.

I would like to thank all those parents/carers who sent messages of encouragement, completed the OFSTED survey and/or spoke directly to the inspectors.

However, as I have shared with the staff team, whilst this report is a fantastic validation of what we continually strive to achieve as a school, it does not mean we can or should take our ‘foot off the pedal’. As a school we constantly reflect on how we can grow and provide better support and more opportunities for the students.  As such, every new day represents another opportunity to do more, another opportunity to develop and improve and another opportunity to help our students take the next step in their individual journeys.

Kind regards,


Duncan Smith