Statements from the Ofsted report – November 2017

“The headteacher, with strong support from the well-informed governing body, makes effective decisions which are leading to improved teaching and pupils’ outcomes.”

“Leaders have an accurate understanding of their school. They are keenly aware of where improvements need to be faster.”

“Support for pupils’ welfare is strong and successful in ensuring pupils’ well-being. Procedures to ensure that pupils are safe are secure.”

“The behaviour of pupils is good. There is a strong culture of mutual respect that permeates the school. Pupils co-exist amicably and work together well.”

“Pupils from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs work and learn together harmoniously. Pupils discuss controversial topics sensitively and sensibly.”

“In all years, the curriculum is broad and balanced. The improved range of subjects offered is ensuring that more pupils can now follow pathways which prepare them for the future. In addition, leaders effectively extend the curriculum by offering a wide offer of clubs and activities after school. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.”

“More-able pupils are making faster progress than in the past and the proportion of pupils reaching the highest grades is increasing.”

“Leaders and teachers develop good relationships with parents. Staff understand that resolving learning and behaviour difficulties at school is more successful if strong partnerships exist between home and school. The majority of parents who responded to Parent View were positive about the support provided by the school for their children. Some parents described how well their children had settled in the school, even if they were admitted at different points in the school year or part way through a key stage.”

“Leaders’ evaluation of recent improvements is honest and accurate; they are implementing further plans to ensure that improvements impact widely across the school.”

“Where teaching is more effective, pupils make greater gains in their learning. This is because teachers expect pupils to think hard, to join in discussions and to make well-considered contributions in response to teachers’ effective questioning.”

“Most teachers use their good subject knowledge to interest and engage pupils, and to respond to pupils’ questions with interesting examples.”

“The school is effective in supporting pupils to read often and widely. Leaders have taken steps to provide a range of appropriate reading material and all pupils have a regular session where they read a book of their choice. Moreover, pupils always carry a book with them. Pupils with less strong reading skills have regular sessions using suitable multi-sensory computer software to help them improve.”

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. Well-informed, sensitive and skilled staff ensure that pupils have someone to go to with any concerns. Pupils are effectively taught strategies to help them overcome worries or anxieties. This helps pupils to manage their mental and physical health and well-being.”

“Pupils from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs work and learn together harmoniously. Pupils discuss controversial topics sensitively and sensibly.”

“In 2017, pupils’ attainment was above the national average in a number of subjects, for example English literature, science, textiles and geography.”

Ofsted Reports

Weblink to the Ofsted report – November 2017

Ofsted Parent View link

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By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve.

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