I am delighted finally to be able to share you with some of the many highlights from our recent Ofsted inspection in December, when we were graded an Outstanding primary school.
I hope that you will be able to find the time to read the official report and share with us the pride that we feel at what is a tremendous achievement given the more rigorous nature of the new Ofsted inspection. We are now one of only 9% of schools in England which has been awarded this grade since the new inspection framework was introduced in September.
OFSTED Report Highlights ￼
The quality of teaching
The inspector wrote that ‘the quality of teaching is outstanding’ and that ‘teachers have excellent subject knowledge. They plan for the needs of all their pupils and as a consequence, pupils are highly engaged in their learning’.
Behaviour and safety of pupils
The inspector noted that the ‘pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school. Their exemplary behaviour makes a strong contribution to their learning and excellent achievement’. Our seven core values were seen by the inspector to ‘permeate through all aspects of the day and are referred to in lessons, in the dining hall and in the playground’
Achievement of pupils
The report also states that all pupils make excellent progress. By the end of Year 6, standards in reading, writing and mathematics are usually well above average.
Leadership and management
The inspector rightly identified the support that we receive from our Governing Body. She said that they are ‘highly effective’. ‘Governors ensure that the school improves and that development plans remain sharply focused on pupils’ achievement. As regular visitors to the school and through discussions with staff, parents and pupils, governors are highly knowledgeable about the quality of teaching’.
Early Years (Reception Year) now have a sharper focus during the inspection and it was noted that ‘routines and expectations are quickly established’. The inspector recognised that ‘this helps children to settle quickly and to make a very good start to their education. Consequently, they make rapid progress and all children achieve a good level of development by the end of the Reception year. Strong and effective attention to the early development of reading, writing and mathematical skills ensures that children are very well prepared to face the challenges of Year 1’.
Finally I would like to recognise the impact that you as parents have on the outcome of your child’s learning. Education is a collaborative process between schools and parents and we are tremendously fortunate to have your support.