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OFSTED July 2017

OFSTED Report – July 2017


As many of you will be aware, we were re-inspected by OFSTED on 5th and 6th July 2017, when an unexpected monitoring visit was converted into a full inspection. The final report from that inspection is published on Wednesday 6th September, the start of the new school year. The report can be accessed via our website where you can also find the Progress Report that was the subject of the parents meeting held just before the end of term in anticipation of its publication.


Alternatively, the report can now also be accessed through the OFSTED website via the following link.


For those parents who are unable to access the internet or who would prefer a hard copy, we also have a number of printed versions available from the school office – please feel free to come in and take one.


Overall, we are pleased that OFSTED recognised the swift and effective action taken in response to the safeguarding breach which resulted in the inadequate judgement in March. The new judgement of “Requires Improvement,” although an improvement, is still not where we would like to be. We have gone through a long period of reflection and have made a number of significant changes, at all levels, both to our practice and to the procedures that govern that practice. Our aim is to achieve an outstanding grade as soon as possible and we are already seeing the fruits of those changes – although these changes take longer to effect than the relatively simple process of tightening our safeguarding processes and OFSTED did acknowledge that they can only comment positively on developments where things were firmly embedded. Nevertheless we would ask you to recognise the following facts in reading the report:


Foundation Stage / EYFS – Our attainment in relation to the Good Level of Development criteria continues to rise and is now above the national average. We are pleased with the Good rating given by OFSTED to our Foundation stage.


Y1 Phonic Screening Test - Using last year’s national score as a comparator (81%), our children achieved an excellent score of 94% which is well above the national standard.


Key Stage 1 (Y2) - Using last year’s national scores as a comparator, our children are now scoring above the national standard in reading, including at the higher level where our percentage has more than doubled. The same is also true in maths where the number of children achieving at the higher level has doubled.


Key Stage 2 (Y6) - In writing, our children achieved just above the national standard. In Reading and Maths, our scores were also above the national standard – quite clearly in reading. The number of children working in greater depth was also well above the national average (compared with last year’s national figures) in reading, mathematics and GSP (Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation). The number of children achieving expectations or above in reading, writing and mathematics combined (an important measure) has risen considerably and is now 12% above the national figure a rise of 28%).


National and local recognition - Our Reception class has had their Effective Early Learning award confirmed once more. This status, recognised as national badge of excellence, is awarded by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood at Birmingham University. We have also received a letter from Edge Hill University stating that we are centre of “excellence in training and supporting our trainees and providing an outstanding experience for them.” Well done to all concerned.


We are not complacent, however, and have already taken action in the following areas where we know that we need to improve under the higher expectations of the current inspection framework.


  1. Continuing to improve our attainment in writing at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, especially at working in greater depth. Accuracy in spelling, punctuation and handwriting are the areas that we need to improve in and look for your support in achieving this.


  1. Ensuring that all children are challenged to do their very best work.


  1. Continuing to improve our attendance figures, especially those for vulnerable groups and reduce the amount of children classed as persistent absentees – we cannot achieve good or outstanding in behaviour as the two areas are linked.


  1. Continuing to secure consistency in teaching and learning throughout the school and achieve outstanding in his area.


Ideas about how you can help us with the above are included in the Progress Report for Parents – July 2017 which can be accessed via the OFSTED section of our website.


As a school staff, we would like to thank you for your continuing support and look forward to a busy and challenging year.


David Thomas