In 2012, JFS was inspected by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE). Three NACE assessors spent a day at JFS observing lessons, and meeting students, parents, Governors and teachers. They reported that “The philosophy, culture and ethos of JFS are extremely aspirational...both within and beyond the curriculum”. They were deeply impressed by the pride the students have for their school, their “evident recognition and appreciation of staff commitment” and of the “exceptionally strong ethos of inclusive aspiration”. They also commented on the fact that at JFS “enrichment provision is extensive” with “a plethora” of extra- curriculum activities allowing all students the opportunity to “shine through”. When NACE grants its Challenge Award, the teaching and learning in those schools receiving the word must be “good or better”. However, the assessors judged that the teaching and learning at JFS is not “good or better” and is more accurately described as “outstanding”.
In 2011, JFS was granted 'Investors in People' status and in 2013 the school was awarded yet another kite mark; that of 'Investors in Careers'. The assessors report was extremely complimentary and indicated that JFS has “achieved the most exacting standards of excellence in Careers Education, information, advice and guidance”. This is a nationally recognised award to identify excellent practice in this area and it has been an aspect of work in which the staff at JFS invest considerable time and effort. We believe that students are more motivated and their achievements enhanced when they have a clear sense of their future options and receive realistic and individualised guidance and advice at all stages of their career in school.