Ofsted Inspection Report

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was carried out in June 2018.  Ofsted rated our school as Good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils:-

  • This is a good school
  • The school’s dedicated leadership team and the academy committee board members have a clear vision for the school.
  • Leaders have been successful in securing improvements in this school. As a result, teaching, learning and assessment are good and standards have risen.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge which they use to plan interesting lessons that help pupils learn.
  • Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities receive carefully planned interventions. Consequently, pupils make good progress.
  • Pupils value the range of opportunities they are given so that they can take on additional responsibilities and develop their leadership skills.
  • Leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching, learning and progress. However, their use of this information to check the impact of support on pupils’ progress and inform an accurate self-evaluation is underdeveloped and at times, overgenerous.
  • Arrangements for keeping pupils safe are a strength of the school’s work. Staff provide a safe place for pupils to learn. Adults teach pupils the skills they need to keep themselves safe. Pupils feel safe and are safe at school.
  • Parents and carers are mostly positive about the school. They have confidence that the school is improving. They say behaviour has improved and believe their children are well taught.
  • Leaders and teachers provide writing opportunities across the curriculum. However, pupils are not routinely provided with sufficient support or guidance to produce their best writing. Teachers do not model a consistent approach to handwriting.
  • Recently, leaders have introduced class texts to inspire a love of reading and this has had a marked effect on pupils’ progress in reading.
  • Leadership in the early years is effective. Children are given rich opportunities to develop their skills across the curriculum. There is a well-judged focus on developing children’s spoken language skills, so that children can develop into confident communicators.

Read the full Ofsted inspection report

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