Ofsted report

The Ofsted report which was published in Oct 2016 is attached below .

***Updated November 2017***

Dear Parents and Carers

We wanted to update you on where we are now fourteen months post inspection.

Everyone involved with our School has worked really hard over the last 14 months and we are very proud of the progress which has been made and want to share it with you

The  North Yorkshire Lead Improvement Adviser is of the view that

  • Leaders in the school are taking effective action to address the issues raised by the Ofsted Inspection in October 2016
  • Governance is now strong and effective

In every key stage, in July 2017, outcomes for our children improved compared with July 2016, this is due to the hard work of our staff and the strengthened leadership and management systems now in place

There have been improvements in Key Stage 1-2 progress in reading, writing and particularly in maths, which is of particular pride to school as this has been one of our main focuses

The proportion of Y1 pupils passing the phonics screening check is 89.7 %, above the national average of 80%

The percentage of Y2 pupils reaching age related expectations in reading writing and mathematics combined is 10% above the national average

The proportion of Y6 pupils reading age related expectations in mathematics has increased and is broadly in line with national average

Whilst we are pleased with progress, and there is much to celebrate, there is always more to do and we are not sitting back, we want our school to be the best that it can be and we have the same high aspiration for each and every one of our children. We are looking forward to a Monitoring Visit from HMI whcih could come at any time.

Our plan is to communicate more regularly with parents on the progress we are making, and next time we will focus on our priorities for this year and the progress we are making towards them

Kind Regards

Amanda Palfreman and Matthew Sugden

Co-Chairs of Governors


The report acknowledges that our children are polite, well behaved and are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They are keen to learn and are provided with a range of opportunities to develop their skills as leaders. Our children are confident, caring and aware of the needs of others. Relationships between adults and pupils are strong. We believe that our school is a joyful place to be a child, where happy memories are made and treasured.

There are, however, areas highlighted in the report which require improvement.  Many of these are areas which we were aware of and strategies have been put in place to improve them.  Ofsted acknowledged that plans are already being implemented and that progress is being seen, but felt that a faster pace of improvement was needed.

As a result of the inspection we have moved swiftly to address the points raised. The leadership team have already worked with a former HMI (Schools Inspector) and a Local Authority advisor to put together a robust and effective action plan.  We have established a focus group who will work closely with advisors to ensure outcomes in maths improve more rapidly.  Work is underway on strengthening the assessment, marking and feedback policy and an Associate Head teacher is working with us on monitoring the quality of teaching and addressing any weaknesses. 

The school and governors accept the recommendations of the report and an external review of governance is being commissioned. This will consider how governors can work more effectively to achieve the improvements which we all want for our school; a governance action plan will be implemented following this review. The external review of the school’s use of pupil premium will also be undertaken as recommended.

We acknowledge that this is a journey for all members of our school community and are keen to keep parents involved.  We will give you regular updates of developments as they take place via the website and newsletters.  If you have any comments or questions about the report, or our actions following the recommendations, you can email on administrator@suttoncp.uk  Alternatively if you would like to arrange a meeting with Mrs Beetles or/and Ms Palfreman, the Chair of Governors, please contact the school.

While Ofsted judgements are important we will continue to keep in the very forefront of everything we do the individual needs of every child - this is our unique strength.  Parental support for the school has been overwhelmingly positive and is greatly valued; thank you.  Our staff and governors are a strong and committed team who all work hard to achieve the best for each and every child in their care. We ask that you continue working with us to give our children the best possible outcomes: Hear your child read; help them learn their times tables and spellings; keep doing all the other things that give them confidence in the classroom. Working together we will use this inspection to move our school forwards towards being outstanding. 

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