Ofsted Report

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Alternatively, our 2019 Ofsted Report is available to download.

What the inspectors said in March 2019 . . .

"Good-quality teaching, including in the integrated resource base, ensures that pupils make good progress during their time at school.
Leadership is strong at all levels. This has led to sustained improvements over time."

- Ofsted, March 2019

Summary of key findings:

  • Overall effectiveness - Good
  • Leadership is strong at all levels. This has led to sustained improvements over time.
  • The strong ethos, underpinned by the school's core values, are 'lived not laminated' by all staff and pupils.
  • The curriculum is broad and rich. Many pupils regularly take part in music, arts and physical education (PE).
  • Governors are committed and provide high levels of support and challenge.
  • Good-quality teaching, including in the integrated resource base, ensures that pupils make good progress during their time at school.
  • Assessment is strong, which enables teachers to know pupils' next steps in learning. In the integrated resource base, assessment is not as strong.
  • Most-able pupils, including those in the integrated resource base, are not always challenged as well as others, particularly in mathematics.
  • Pupils' personal development and welfare are exceptional as a result of high-quality leadership in this important part of the school's work.
  • Pupils behave well. Bullying and harassment are rare. Pupils are confident that staff resolve any worries they might have.
  • Outcomes are good for all groups of pupils, including those in the integrated resource base.
  • Pupils develop a love of literature and reading during their time at the school.
  • Pupils' spelling remains a relative weakness.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve teaching, learning and assessment further by:
    • providing more challenge for the most able pupils, particularly in mathematics
    • ensuring that pupils are taught to spell more difficult words correctly.
  • Improve provision in the integrated resource base for autism by:
    • sharpening assessment so that it pinpoints pupils' next steps in learning with more accuracy
    • ensuring that the most able pupils are challenged.

Other comments from the Ofsted report:

  • The headteacher has very successfully created an ethos where every child really does matter, where talents are celebrated and pupils' well-being is centre stage.
  • The curriculum is varied and ensures that pupils develop a range of skills other than those in reading, writing and mathematics. Music and PE are taught regularly and pupils in the integrated resource base are given equal opportunities to participate alongside their peers.
  • Pupils have a deep, genuine attachment to the school's core values.
  • The governing body have a good understanding of the school's strengths and areas that need further attention. The information they receive from school leaders enables them to provide a good level of challenge and support.
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school. Staff are well trained in the latest government requirements.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge across a range of subjects. For example, pupils are taught how to evaluate historical sources in detail. In science, pupils develop good knowledge through taking part in interesting and engaging experiments.
  • Teaching in the integrated resource base is good. Adults have good knowledge of pupils' needs. Consequently, adults find creative ways to fully engage and motivate pupils.
  • The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding.
  • Pupils have an unusually well-developed understanding of mental health, the importance of a positive outlook and of discussing and resolving problems.
  • The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are polite and courteous to each other and to adults.
  • Pupils have an exceptionally mature, compassionate appreciation of others.
  • Pupils' attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was above average in the end of key stage 2 tests in 2018. The progress they had made over time was good.
  • The strong curriculum means that pupils gain a range of skills in subjects outside of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils love science because teachers place much emphasis on practical experiments. As a result, their attainment is above average.