The Ofsted report which was published in Oct 2016 is attached below . Please take time to read it carefully.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively if you would like to arrange a meeting with Jill Fletcher or/and Amanda 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.
The link to the report is: