This is a continued improvement from the last OFSTED inspection, which was also good, carried out in 2009. The benchmark for reaching ‘good’ has now been raised considerably – the new framework is more rigorous than the previous one with four main areas to inspect and report upon: Achievement of Pupils; Quality of Teaching; Behaviour and Safety of Pupils; Leadership and Management.
The inspector was particularly impressed with the following:
- Children in the Reception class get off to a good start.
- The vast majority of pupils make the progress expected of them. An increasing proportion of pupils are exceeding the expected progress in both English and mathematics.
- Pupils who have special educational needs, as well as those supported by the pupil premium funding regularly make progress that is at least as good as other pupils. Some make even better progress than those from other groups.
- Pupils from the Traveller community also progress well because they receive good support.
- Pupils’ speaking and listening and reading writing skills are promoted well.
- Pupils behave well, feel safe in school and try their best.
- The school’s procedures for analysing pupils’ progress are exemplary.
- The work of the headteacher is effective in sustaining the good quality of teaching and pupils’ good achievement.
- The governing body is knowledgeable about all aspects of the school’s work.
The school is not yet outstanding because:
- Pupils’ progress in mathematics is not as good as in reading and writing;
- Teachers do not always ensure that pupils acquire the skills they need to work on their own and not to rely too much on adult support.
A full copy of the Ofsted report can be accessed below.
I would like to express my thanks to all the staff whose hard work and dedication has again been rewarded with this excellent inspection report. A special thank you also, to the parents and carers of the children, and the school’s Governing Body, whose continued support of the school is highly valued and appreciated by all.
Last but not least, I would like to thank the children themselves who were, and are, an absolute credit to the school.