Ofsted classed us as a ‘Good’ school

Summary of Key Findings for Parents and pupils

This school continues to be good.

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. You have a well-defined understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are taking effective steps to secure further improvements.

You have a clear ambition to provide the best teaching for all pupils. You have responded effectively to the areas for improvement identified in the previous Ofsted inspection of the school in June 2013. Your chosen approach to providing opportunities for teachers to learn from each other is proving successful. Consequently, teaching across the school continues to be of a good standard. You continue to overhaul your curriculum. In mathematics, for example, you have replaced old programmes of study and teachers are now matching the work they set to the differing needs of pupils well. You link the performance targets of teachers and other adults to the work they do to support pupils’ good progress.

Teachers develop highly positive working relationships with pupils, which helps pupils to make good progress. Pupils work hard during lessons. They are not afraid to answer questions in front of other pupils. They trust the safe environment teachers have created for them. Pupils are confident learners.

Your understanding of the importance of providing extra help for disadvantaged pupils means that they make good progress. You routinely identify the barriers they face to learning. The progress they make is closely monitored. If they do not make good progress, you put precisely targeted help in place. As a consequence, disadvantaged pupils achieve in line with other pupils nationally.

Pupils are highly positive about the school. In their meeting with me, pupils described the school as ‘brilliant’, ‘fun’, ‘exciting’ and ‘diverse’. They enjoy the learning opportunities teachers give them and value the way people with different backgrounds and different outlooks on life are treated with respect and care. They enjoy opportunities such as participating in class assemblies, and they appreciate the ‘sensible’ rules. Pupils enjoy attending this school.

Parents appreciate the good education that their children receive. In their responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, parents commented positively on the range of after-school activities provided by the school and on the support their children receive. All parents who responded to the survey said that they would recommend the school to others.

Governors work well in partnership with you. They challenge the information you give them and check that it is accurate. For example, governors ask to see pupils’ books to see for themselves the quality of pupils’ work. Governors visit the school often to see first hand the experience pupils have in their education. They speak with teachers and other leaders to develop a rounded understanding of the impact of any school improvement initiatives. Governors monitor the progress leaders make on school development priorities well and hold you to account for this. They make a
valuable contribution to the ongoing improvement of the school.

Safeguarding is effective.

You have secured an open culture of safeguarding pupils. The arrangements to safeguard pupils are fit for purpose. Your procedures for staff reporting concerns about the well-being of pupils are easy to follow. When staff raise concerns, leaders respond quickly. Leaders assess the concerns and seek help from external agencies if necessary. Leaders regularly review the concerns that have been passed to them to ensure that actions are taken to help pupils.

You understand the difficulties which are most likely to affect pupils at this school.

You provide information and guidance to parents to support them in keeping their children safe. You provide a range of activities about topics relating to well-being to educate pupils. For example, you teach pupils about e-safety through an e-safety day and through personal, social and health education. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe.

Pupils feel safe. Pupils spoke with me about how they get on well with each other. They say that, ‘Everyone respects each other’ and that pupils are, ‘Always kind and helpful’. Pupils told me that bullying does not happen often. When it does happen, teachers deal with bullying quickly and effectively.

Next steps for the school

Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:

 the quality of teaching across all classes is consistently good or better
 the provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is consistently strong so that the pupils make good progress from their starting points.

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