OFSTED

 
The school last received an OFSTED visit in March 2013 and the school was found to be GOOD.

The inspection judgements have given the school 3 good ratings and an outstanding for its leadership and management.

“The inspirational leadership of the headteacher and highly effective team of leaders have ensured the school has rapidly improved.  They have driven improvements successfully on raising pupils’ achievement.”

Graded GOOD for the achievement of pupils – the report states:

  • “Good progress continues throughout the school and pupils’ attainment by the time they leave the school is above average in both English and Mathematics.”
  • “Improved teaching is securing good progress for all pupils, especially those who are eligible for pupil premium funding …”
  • “The proportion of pupils who make and exceed their expected progress compares favourably with, and is now above, the national average.”

Graded GOOD for the quality of teaching - the report states:

  • “The work undertaken to improve the quality of teaching continues to drive the quality of learning up for all pupils, which is now good and improving.”
  • “Planning of lessons is effective and tasks are designed well to enthuse and engage all pupils…”
  • “Teachers monitor the progress of pupils in lessons with some probing questioning and checks of their work.”
  • “In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children benefit from effective teaching which capitalises on the opportunities to develop the children’s basic skills.”
  • “In typically good lessons, pupils’ learning is more rapid because teachers are able to personalise the learning well.”

Graded GOOD for the behaviour and safety of pupils – the report states:

  • “Pupils are well behaved and have positive attitudes towards their learning.”
  • “All pupils, including those in the Early Years Foundation Stage, feel safe and very secure.”
  • “Pupils are keen to do well and enjoy the ‘family group’ based rewards system that is helping to build a single community at the school following the amalgamation.  Pupils recognise the strong sense of community that exists ….”

Graded OUTSTANDING for leadership and management - the report states:

  • “Clear vision and high expectations have helped bring together different sets of pupils, staff and governors who have a common purpose. A consistency of approach has ensured that the school has improved since its last inspection, despite the many changes that have taken place. This is most notably seen in improving quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement.”
  • “There are highly effective systems to ensure that the performance of leaders, teachers and other staff is relentlessly focused on improving outcomes. This quest to secure even higher quality of teaching, in a culture where high expectations are the norm, is driven by a desire to improve the life chances for the pupils.”
  • “The range of subjects taught within the curriculum is vibrant, exciting and is planned to provide pupils, whatever their background, with a wealth of opportunities to develop both academically and personally, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills.”

The governance of the school:

  • “The governing body has been highly successful in bringing pupils and staff from differing backgrounds of schools together in the ‘new’ school.”

What does the school need to do to improve further?

 “Improve the quality of teaching to outstanding overall, especially in Key Stage 1, by: –   making sure teachers use information about the progress of individual pupils to reshape tasks and improve learning in lessons –  ensuring pupils take more responsibility for their own learning enabling them to think and learn by themselves.”