Our latest Ofsted inspection was in December 2019. This inspection was carried out under the new Ofsted framework, which came into effect on the 2nd September 2019 and puts a greater emphasis on the curriculum as a whole, not just the core subjects of Mathematics and English.
We are pleased that many aspects of the school were graded as Good, although the overall judgement was that the school ‘Requires Improvement’. Governors, school leaders and staff are greatly encouraged by the significant changes that have happened in the school and the strengths identified in the report.
We are particularly proud inspectors identified that our children ‘enjoy coming to school’. ‘They appreciate the wide range of after school clubs’, ‘are well cared for’ and that they ‘feel safe in school, including from bullying. Pupils say bullying rarely happens’.
Since the previous inspection, a great deal of the drive to improve has been with regard to English and Maths – the core subjects and rightly so. It was always the plan that the focus this year, would be on the wider curriculum. There is already a two-year cycle in place which is working well, but needs to be further developed to incorporate skills and ensure the children progress appropriately across the school.
We will work together to further develop and refine all subjects this year, enabling more skilled leaders to develop those with less leadership experience. The importance of the curriculum has been raised significantly under the new inspection framework.
The governors and leaders of the school are confident that the areas for improvements identified will enable the school to continue to work towards achieving GOOD in all aspects at the next inspection.
Chair of Governors