In January 2017, Ofsted rated us ‘requires improvement’ (2017). We recognise the areas for improvement that the report sets out, and are working hard to achieve these quickly, but also securely – we don’t want any ineffective ‘quick fixes’ if this means improvements won’t last.
In November 2017, a routine follow-up visit took place. The focus was around whether we are taking effective enough action to improve provision and outcomes. Whilst monitoring inspections do not result in a new inspection report or new judgement, a follow-up letter is published. We’re happy to tell you the inspector concluded that senior leaders and governors are taking effective action.
The full inspection report (January 2017) does recognise many positive aspects about our school; these include:
The executive headteacher has provided welcomed additional capacity. In a short space of time, he has tackled staff performance issues, introduced effective behaviour management systems and improved staff morale.
Since the previous inspection, standards have improved in the early years and in the Year 1 phonics screening check.
The curriculum provides pupils with good opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, including tolerance and respect.
Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe.
The follow-up visit recognises even more positive aspects about our school; these include:
You and your senior leaders are tackling the areas requiring improvement identified at the school’s last inspection with focus and resolve. Together with middle leaders and staff, you are a strong and increasingly cohesive and effective team.
Governors are making a stronger and more influential contribution to improving the quality of education at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School. They are working in a more organised and systematic way and are bringing a sense of energetic purpose to the way they support and challenge you and your colleagues.
I could see the impact of [monitoring and evaluating] on pupils’ learning and progress in the lessons I visited with you and your senior leaders and by looking at the work in pupils’ books. The pupils I spoke to said that they find the work they are set interesting and fun.
[The teaching and learning of Maths] is being purposefully and energetically led by a senior leader who is also a specialist leader of education in mathematics.
Your self-evaluation is detailed and comprehensive. The judgements you have made are supported by a good range of evaluative information. It gives a clear picture of the school’s effectiveness.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare is judged to be good (full inspection, January 2017). Ofsted praised how well our children respect each other and behave around others, both adults and other children. Pupils have a good awareness of how to keep themselves safe and healthy; the report notes: “Pupils feel and are safe in school. Parents have confidence that staff will keep their children safe.”
Our Early Years provision is also judged to be good (full inspection, January 2017):
Teachers and other adults have established a purposeful and well-organised learning environment. There is a good range of learning areas both in classrooms and outside that help to support learning across the curriculum. Staff work well together to support children in making good progress. Staff are keen to tap into the interests of children and, as a result, the curriculum is flexible and adapts well to meet children’s interests.
The report (full inspection, January 2017) notes that adults make sure that children make good progress in Early Years through consistently strong teaching of early reading and phonics, and through effective support for personal and social development: “a real emphasis on establishing quality relationships in which children are taught how to develop good social skills.”
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