The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Ofsted Inspection Day September 2016
Officials from Ofsted last visited the School at 12 hours notice on 22nd and 23rd September 2016. They observed a number of lessons and small teaching groups. Meetings were held with Staff, groups of pupils and representatives of the Governing Body along with much discussion with the Head Teacher.
The overall conclusion of the inspection confirmed to the school had made significant progress since the last inspection but was not yet graded as Good.
The report highlighted the following areas of the school as strengths:
- The new headteacher provides strong, visionary leadership. The leadership team and governors are clearly focused on improving teaching to raise standards.
- Leaders and governors have successfully addressed most of the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection, within 18 months. This demonstrates their proven capacity to make improvements.
- Staff and parents agree that the school is well led and that pupils are happy and safe.
- Pupils’ good personal development, behaviour and welfare have been sustained since the previous inspection.
- Good teaching and learning in the early years enable the majority of children to make good progress from their starting points.
In addition the report also makes the following observations:
- The headteacher, senior leaders and governors are ambitious for teaching and outcomes for pupils to be good or better. Expectations for teachers’, support assistants’ and pupils’ performance have been raised.
- The curriculum is implemented fully. It is broad, balanced and enriched with extra-curricular activities, special events, trips and visiting speakers.
- The coordinator for special educational needs keeps a close eye on the provision made for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and most make at least expected progress.
- Teaching in the early years is consistently good. Adults interact well with the children to move their learning forward. They know when to intervene and show children how to do new things and when to step back and let them find things out for themselves.
- All classrooms are well-organised, inviting places for learning. Good-quality resources are readily available for pupils to use.
- Pupils enjoy school and show that they are eager to learn by arriving punctually each morning. They know what they need to do to learn well. Their attitudes to learning are positive.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good in most subjects and year groups in key stages 1 and 2.
- Raise attainment in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6, by ensuring that pupils make sufficient progress in every year across key stage 2.
- Ensure that learning for the most able pupils, including those who are also disadvantaged, is challenging enough to enable them to reach their full potential.
- Improve provision for disadvantaged pupils so that it diminishes any differences between their achievement and that of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally, by the end of each key stage.
- An external review of the school’s use of pupil premium should be undertaken in order to assess how this aspect of leadership and management may be improved.
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