I am pleased to inform you that our latest inspection report has now been finalised and can be found on our school website. We found the inspection to be a positive experience that reflects both where we know the school to currently be and the many, many improvements that have been made since the last inspection. While the judgement is ‘requires improvement’ in all key areas, with the exception of Early Years (which has been graded as ‘good’), the inspection team recognised that we have put actions in place that will see the continued development of the school on our journey to good.
Please click on the link below to read our latest Ofsted report for January 2016. The report will also be on the Ofsted website from 5th February 2016.
Please see the link for Ofsted below:
Here’s what the inspectors said!
What We Do Well
- The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes pupils’ interest and achievement and contributes to their personal development.
- Effective teaching of reading has ensured that pupils can build words effectively and understand what they are reading well. Pupils are making good progress in reading.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.
- Attendance is improving and is now above average.
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good.
- Pupils say they feel safe in school because the atmosphere is calm and ordered.
- Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well.
- Teachers use questioning effectively to challenge pupils to think through questions and explain their answers in detail.
- Teachers mark pupils’ work regularly and carefully and pupils are given clear guidance on how to improve their work.
- Early Years provision is good. It is well led and managed and teaching is good, inspiring awe and wonder.
- Pupils’ skills in using grammar, punctuation and spelling correctly are improving.
- The teaching of mathematics is improving.
- There is a shared vision among the staff to see every pupil do his or her best.
- The primary school physical education and sport funding is used well to ensure that all pupils become more physically active.
The pupils premium grant for disadvantaged pupils is used effectively.
- The governing body is actively engaged in the life of the school.
- The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
- Pupils have good relations with each other.
- School records show the effectiveness of the procedures for improving behaviour.
- Pupils learn to take responsibility and consider their role in society.
- Leaders work very effectively with a range of agencies to ensure pupils’ welfare.
What We Need to do Better
- We need to make sure that the improvements in the teaching of maths, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation continue so that all lessons are good, all of the time and so that pupils achieve their very best and standards rise at the end of Key Stage Two.
- We need to give more opportunities for writing, so that pupils become fluent writers across different subjects.
- We need to give even more opportunities for problem solving and reasoning in maths, for all pupils.
- We need to make sure that all pupils are given sufficient challenge to develop their understanding and to ensure everyone makes good progress.
- We need to further develop our governing body through training and an external review.
- When monitoring teaching, leaders need to focus on the progress of specific groups of pupils, as we do when we are monitoring pupils’ work in books.
- The key strategic priorities will be discussed amongst leaders and will be sent out to parents and carers, so that everyone involved with the school knows our achievement goals.
- Leaders will be working closely with governors to develop an action plan for each area of development (each of the key priorities mentioned above).
- The school will receive a visit from an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) before the end of the academic year; this will be to ensure we are swiftly acting on the key priorities for improvement.
- I would like to reassure parents and carers that the school has greatly improved and that we are in a strong position for continued improvement. I am sure that you will recognise this from the wording in the report and I know that you will all support us as we move rapidly towards good and beyond.
With very best wishes (and our continued commitment),
S. Sindrey and M. Taylor