OFSTED report 2020
Letter to Parents February 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Please find attached a copy of our OFSTED Inspection Report. There is a great deal to be pleased with in the report so please take time to read it through. Our Early Years Foundation Stage provision continues to be GOOD, Behaviour and Attitudes of the children are GOOD and Personal Development is GOOD. Our work on Reading, Writing, Maths and Science is GOOD but unfortunately for us the OFSTED Inspection Framework changed in September and now has a big focus on foundation subjects. These were seen as Requiring Improvement and as these need developing and embedding across the school Leadership and Management also Require Improvement. This then means the overall judgment is Requires Improvement. Although we are greatly disappointed in the overall judgment there are many, many things to be pleased with in the report. Some highlights are:
- Pupils learn how to be respectful and tolerant.
- The curriculum makes an effective contribution to pupils’ personal development and behaviour. Pupils learn how to be good citizens.
- Pupils feel safe and know that if they have any worries, whom they can talk to.
- Leaders have designed an effective curriculum in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Pupils have good phonics skills. They become fluent readers.
- Children get off to a good start in early years. Leaders have thought carefully about what children should learn.
- Leaders are improving the education for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils with SEND access the full curriculum. Leaders are introducing approaches that target pupils’ specific learning needs. Staff, pupils and their parents and carers now know what to do to bring about the required improvement.
- Parents are supportive of the school. They told us how the school has improved since the last inspection. Staff morale is high and there is a strong desire to improve the school further.
The Areas for Improvement essentially focus on us developing a clear understanding of progression in foundation subjects as well as ensuring our children with SEND are achieving the best possible outcomes. Work has already been in place for both these areas but we have not moved quickly enough with the wider curriculum and work for SEND is not yet having an impact on our end of Key Stage 2 results.
We will be reviewing our School Development Plan and looking to work with other school leaders on improving our provision across the school. It is important to us that we do not lose all the great curriculum experiences we have in school and form these improvements around our rich theme based learning. We do not want to lose our KS1 pop-up restaurant, our Y3/4 India Day, Year 5/6 going to the Houses of Parliament. We are proud of the hard work all our staff have done since our last inspection and are ready to move forward with the findings of this one. As we have done before we will continue to improve and we are grateful for your support in developing our school and the education we offer your children. Please read the report in full and if you have any questions about the report please speak to us.
Mark Ratchford, Headteacher