In May 2021 we received a monitoring OFSTED visit to check our progress towards our next full inspection. This was 8 weeks after our previous monitoring visit in March 2021.
They concluded that:
Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.
Please see the full letter below.
In March 2021, during lockdown, we received a positive OFSTED Monitoring Visit which found: 'Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances'.
'Leaders have made sure that all pupils receive a broad curriculum during national restrictions. Leaders have worked with teachers to develop how they adapt learning for pupils at home. Over this term, the number of pupils engaging with remote learning has increased. Parents recognise the work leaders have done to provide remote education. A typical comment from parents was, ‘The school has been great during lockdown. The home learning provided has been manageable as a working at home parent.’
'Typically, all pupils, whether learning at home or at school, receive daily teaching in English, mathematics and other subjects. Leaders deliver whole-school assemblies for all pupils. Teachers provide regular opportunities for classes to meet online to support pupils’ well-being. Pupils who cannot access the remote education provided online receive paper packs so that they can access the curriculum.'
We are proud of the positive comments we received in the report which can be downloaded here:
In January 2020 we received a full OFSTED Inspection.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage provision continued 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 2019 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.
- 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.