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.
Despite the judgement, the report does recognise many positive aspects about our school:
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.
Overall, levels of attendance remain above the national average and persistent absence levels remain low.
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.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare is judged to be good. 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:
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 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.”
Read a summary of our post-Ofsted School Improvement Plan.
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