We are delighted to share the findings of our recent inspection which was carried out on 28th and 29th January. Thank you for your positive responses on ‘Parent View’ and for comments shared with the inspectors in person. All contributions were valued and demonstrated the open communication between home and school.
As we were judged ‘Good’ in our May 2016 inspection, this was a Section 8 inspection which means there are no grades for separate areas as in previous inspections. Overall, our school remains Good in all areas.
OFSTED have changed their inspection framework since September 2019 with a focus on the whole school curriculum. Our inspection looked closely at maths, reading, history and art and the inspector identified many strengths of the school, along with specific areas to develop. The complete report is on our school website and Parent Pay. Should you require a paper copy, please do ask at the school office.
The Ofsted judgement is based on the quality of the school’s education, but also takes into account key areas such as, the effectiveness of leadership and management; personal development; behaviour and attitudes; safeguarding and early years provision. The report is much shorter than in previous years but governors and senior leaders met with the inspector at the end of the two days for a full breakdown, which we all felt was extremely positive.
I am delighted that the report acknowledges the wonderful ethos of our school. It states ‘The warm and friendly ethos of the school is tangible…having a family atmosphere…The school’s values and faith ensure pupils are kind and considerate of one another, they treat each other with respect.’
As you may be aware, we are continuously working on a cycle of improvement in our curriculum and the inspector commented on our ‘increasingly rich and vibrant subjects… which extends far beyond the academic’ and begins as soon as they join us in EYFS.
In line with our continued efforts to strive for excellence, there are always areas we need to focus on to improve. The inspector was confident that ‘Leaders have an accurate picture of the school’s strengths and weaknesses,’ and has suggested that we focus on improving our consistency across school when teaching children comprehension strategies and ways to recall important mathematical concepts. Our art is currently under review and we now need to look further at providing enrichment opportunities for our very talented artists.
We have an amazing school and a wonderful, unique community. Our success and future achievements are built on the hard work and commitment of staff, governors, pupils and parents, those who are currently at the school and those who have been here in past years.
We would like to thank our staff for their hard work and commitment to placing the wellbeing and success of our children at the heart of what they do. Thank you to you as parents for your support and belief in us to achieve the best for your child.And most of all, we are so proud of our pupils who were confident, enthusiastic and welcoming as always.
Mrs N. Noble & Mrs E. Parlett