Ofsted and SIAMS

We are a 'Good' School!
 
We were delighted with the outcomes of our recent Ofsted inspection.  The key findings were;
  • Since her appointment in January 2018, the executive headteacher has raised expectations for staff and pupils. As a result, pupils achieved in line with or above the national average in progress and attainment in the end of key stage tests in the summer of 2018.
  • Leaders have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Consequently, planning is effective and actions have an impact on the correct areas for development.
  • Pupils behave well in and around school. They show respect for each other, staff and visitors.
  • Pupils feel safe and are safe. The school has a strong culture of safeguarding. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe.
  • Most teaching in mathematics provides work that is at a suitable level for pupils. This has led to improvements in pupils’ achievement in mathematics.
  • Pupils attend school regularly because they enjoy the many enriching activities that school leaders offer.
  • Parents are positive about the school and its placement in the community. They value the clear and precise communications from leaders.
  • Children in Reception are settling in well and benefiting from the new outdoor area that has been built this summer.
  • Too often, teachers do not intervene quickly enough when pupils’ learning falls behind. Their progress is not accelerating quickly enough.
  • Equally, the most able pupils are not achieving the higher standards in the core subjects, as there is a lack of suitable challenge for pupils.
  • Middle leaders are not yet trained to hold teachers to account in the areas for which they are responsible. This reduces the capacity for improvement in subjects in the wider curriculum.
  • Literacy work, writing in particular, is covered within a range of subjects. As yet, teachers are not planning specifically enough. Too often, pupils are set similar work which does not reflect their individual strengths nor support their weaknesses.
  • There are too few disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities to comment on their progress, especially for the most able.
We know we have areas for development and these are being addressed through our School Improvement Plan 2018-19.
As a church school we have an additional inspection called a SIAMs inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). This inspection looks carefully at our Christian distinctiveness, our vision and values, the teaching of religious education and our daily acts of Collective Worship.
 
In our recent inspection we were judged to be Good in all areas.