Date of last Ofsted Inspection: 18th – 19th January 2017

As you will be aware, Ofsted inspected our school on 18th and 19th January 2017 and we are writing to share the findings of the inspection. Our report has now been published on the Ofsted website and a copy is available for parents to view on our school website.  In addition, paper copies of the report can be requested from the school office.

The Ofsted Inspector was very positive about a number of areas of our school. She was particularly impressed with the behaviour and positive attitude to learning of our children, stating that they are a credit to the school and their families. The Inspector has also noted:

  • The headteacher and governors have identified clearly the areas in which the school needs to improve. Decisive action has been taken and this is resulting in improvement in pupils’ progress.
  • Leaders’ plans for improvement have identified the key priorities and there is now capacity within school to drive forward the new initiatives designed to bring about rapid and sustained improvements for all.
  • The recruitment and development of talented teachers is leading to swift and sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching.
  • Our EYFS provision has been graded ‘Outstanding’… Outstanding teaching and learning in the early years captures and ignites the imagination of the children and ensures their rapid progress.
  • Assessment information is used to design engaging activities which are well matched to the needs of pupils.
  • Leaders’ work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is a strength of the school. Pupils feel safe and enjoy coming to school.
  • Pupils behave well in lessons and around school. They are polite, respectful and value being a part of this caring, inclusive community.

The Inspection has also confirmed the areas that we had already highlighted as needing to further develop. These include:

  • Improve the impact of teaching on outcomes for pupils by:
    • Ensuring the effectiveness of teaching is at least consistently good
    • Sharing the good practice in the school to further develop the skills of other staff
    • Increase the proportion of pupils attaining the expected level in phonics by the end of Year 1
    • Ensuring that a higher proportion of pupils achieve the expected level for their age in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave the school.
  • Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management by:
    • Ensuring that pupils are more aware of fundamental British values and current affairs
    • Ensuring that middle leaders’ skills are used more effectively to support staff to raise standards and improve outcomes across subjects in key stages 1 and 2

Under the new Ofsted framework, our school has been judged as ‘Requires Improvement’. It is important to note that current Ofsted information clearly states that a school ‘requiring improvement’ is not a school causing concern. This outcome, under the stricter Ofsted criteria, was expected. The Ofsted Inspector engaged very positively with us, validating our self-evaluation judgments and our school improvement planning.

There have been many changes since the last Ofsted as we have worked towards improving standards for the children and addressing areas in need of significant improvement well before the Ofsted inspection. As stated in the report, we have ‘taken decisive action to improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school… As a result, a talented team of teachers are now in post and are committed to raising standards as a matter of urgency.’ The local authority has further supported this view. Hence, we are confident that we have already made great steps towards an overall grading of ‘Good’ as noted by the Inspector in her comment that ‘the progress of current pupils in school is rapidly rising’ as ‘there is now capacity within school to drive forward the new initiatives designed to bring about rapid and sustained improvements for all.’

We would encourage you to read the full report which is on our school website as you will find many positives within the report; our school continues to improve.  The inspection is very much ‘data led’ and you may feel, as you read the report, that the individual character of our school has at points been missed. For example, there is no mention of the valuable work of our forest school and the significance of this on pupils’ social and emotional development as well as academic.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection for their contribution: the children who were a credit to the school in everything they did; the staff for their hard work and professionalism; and all the parents and carers who made their views clear through conversations with the inspector and the online ParentView survey.

Should you wish to discuss the report or our improvement plans, please do not hesitate to contact us through the school office.

Yours faithfully

Mrs. E-M. Hood                               Mrs D. Marsh

Chair of Governors                       Headteacher

For a copy of our full Inspection School Report please click on the link below…

2017 Ofsted Report