OFSTED

We were inspected by Ofsted in September 2018 and were judged to be good in all areas of the Ofsted framework. A full copy of our latest Inspection report can be downloaded below.

A message from Mrs Chadwick:

Our latest Ofsted inspection during the third week of the autumn term, 19th/20th September 2018, received a grading of ‘good’ in all areas of the framework.

As we move from our Outstanding category to Good we must remember that the Ofsted framework has changed since our last inspection and that there are many positive comments within the 2018 report that we should celebrate and be proud of. All of the staff have worked hard to continue with the high standards of education in a wonderful school where expectations of achieving challenging targets are high and our children are our first priority.

It was evident in the report thatThe executive headteacher’s relentless determination to improve pupils’ education continually sets a positive example which leaders, staff and pupils emulate. Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ outcomes and give staff clear direction on how to ensure that pupils fulfil their potential.’ The inspector also noted that,’leaders are proud of the inclusive atmosphere which exists in the school. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are well supported and make good progress.’

We have continued to develop our school following the previous Ofsted Inspection through improved assessment procedures, developed further our thematic curriculum, and continued to create a safe environment where all of our children are valued as individuals. It was noted within the report that,the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced. It has been well designed to spark pupils’ interest and ensure that they learn about pertinent issues.’ Children have the opportunity to develop their learning within EYFS where; ‘Early years provision is good. Children show high levels of concentration because activities are well matched to their needs. As a result, children make a good start to their learning.’

We are a small, rural school and we value what that provides for our children within our excellent nurturing environment no matter what each child’s starting points are. The progress each child makes within their academic achievement is good, each child is different and our school recognises that and tailors educational provision to suit their needs. Ofsted noted that,The school’s assessment systems are rigorous and enable leaders and teachers to identify any pupils who are not making sufficient progress. Targeted pupils then receive additional teaching and leaders check that this supports them in making accelerated progress.’ We are proud of our children and the progress they have made from their own starting points. It is also important to note that the inspector recognised and celebrated the key stage 1 results: ‘pupils’ attainment at the end of key stage 1 has been above average for the last three years. In all subjects, the proportion of pupils who reach and exceed the age-expected standard is above the national average.’

We are pleased that the Ofsted Inspector recognised pupil progress and that she agreed that ‘across all classes, the rate of pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is good. The small number of pupils in each year group means that each pupil’s performance has a marked impact on the school’s overall results.’

We will now take forward the areas we had already sited in our School Improvement Plan. These include the development of phonics and spellings, developing further English comprehension and challenging children to apply their maths skills in reasoning problems.

We will continue to maintain our small class sizes where children can thrive and learn how to become responsible members of the community. Of special importance are our Christian values and our close association with St Michael’s and All Angels Church. This is reflected in our input into pupils’ well-being and results in a positive family atmosphere within our school.