Ofsted and LEA Inspection
The school was last inspected in December 2012. Within one month the school was first judged to be outstanding by the Inspection of Anglican Schools Report. The inspector in her report stated that The Christian character of the school has a major impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development. Relationships throughout are characterised by care and concern for each other. Parents say that pupils of all faiths and none are affirmed and that the Christian values of the school give children a clear framework by which to live their lives.
Key strengths were judged to be
• The strong and inspirational Christian leadership of the head teacher supported by a committed staff.
• The friendship and care for each other which characterises the relations between all members of the school community.
• The outstanding relationship between the school and the church which offers support to parents and wider community.
Following this successful inspection the school was inspected under the National Ofsted framework. The judgement of the inspection team was that we were a good school with many outstanding features. Given the increased rigour of this new inspection framework the school was delighted to receive such a glowing report. Key findings of the Ofsted report were
• Teaching is good and some is outstanding therefore pupils make good progress and achieve well.
• Teachers ensure that pupils clearly know what they are learning. They provide the right level of challenge to enable them to learn well.
• Reading is well taught and helps pupils to develop high quality literacy skills.
• Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils are extremely motivated and eager to learn. They say they feel safe in school. Attendance is above average as pupils enjoy coming to school. Older pupils enjoy coming to school. Older pupils say, ‘I’m going to be really sad to leave. I belong here’.
• The knowledgeable and effective leadership of the head teacher is strongly supported by the deputy head teacher. They have successfully created a learning environment where pupils are empowered to give their views and opinions. This work has been acknowledged with the ‘Investors in Pupils’ award.
• Leaders, managers and governors are fully involved in improving pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching.
• The curriculum enriches the pupils’ experiences and prepares them well for their next stage of education.
• Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively promotes pupils’ self esteem.
All highlighted priorities for future development were already included in the school’s own development plan.
The school’ meets with its Educational Development Advisor, provided by the Local Authority, three times a year to review progress. At her most recent visit our EDA met with pupils from Year 6. Below is an extract from her report.
The work was of an exceptionally high quality; pupils shared their cross-curricular writing across a range of genres, mainly linked to interesting and motivating topics and themes such as ‘The Titanic’, ‘Beowulf’, ‘World War 2’ and ‘Heroes’. The pupils displayed an excellent general knowledge and their writing was imaginative, thoughtful and very interesting. The pupils talked about their favourite authors and their preferred writing styles – one pupil is currently writing five novels, another regularly enters writing competitions. The pupils were very articulate and thoroughly explained the way writing, handwriting and spelling is taught at the school. Their knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation was excellent; for example, they could very confidently explain their understanding of the use of adverbial phrases, personification and shades of meaning.
All of these judgements reflect the excellent teamwork and shared goals across the school. We set high standards for ourselves and continue to seek to challenge ourselves to improve and develop in identified areas. I am, proud to be the leader of such a dedicated and talented team.