Ofsted HMI Monitoring
As you are aware, Ofsted inspected us in April and identified some areas that we needed to improve. We am delighted to inform parents that we had a very positive second HMI Ofsted monitoring visit on the 7th of June. The inspection was carried out by Carolyn Dickinson HMI, who also visited us in September for her first monitoring visit. The focus this time was on behaviour and Carolyn was very impressed with our systems and processes for managing behaviour as well as pupil’s progress in school. “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection in order for the school to become good.”
This clearly shows that when we get our next full Ofsted inspection, we should be judged as at least good, and we are committed to working with parents to make this school outstanding.
The inspection report highlighted very positively on the previously identified areas that required improvement.
These were some of their findings:
• Effective behaviour management system, well understood by pupils and consistently applied by staff has brought about improvements in behaviour
• Pupils’ behaviour in lessons observed during the visit was positive
• Teachers are skilled at ensuring that pupils start learning immediately by setting clear expectations and using effective routines
• The introduction of staggered breaks at lunchtimes has reduced congestion in the canteen and other communal areas
• Pupils report that they feel safe and their lessons are largely free from disruption
• Pupils are well informed on how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet
• Scrutiny of the minutes of governing body meetings show that they provide a suitable balance of challenge and support to leaders
• A review of pupils’ books indicated that the most able pupils were making strong progress over time
• There are clear strengths in leaders’ work to support pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare
They gave two areas for further improvement, and the good news is that we had already identified these as improvement targets and have been working on them.
The school should take further action to:
• Ensure an orderly environment at all social times
• Reduce persistent absence and the number of exclusions
If you have any questions about any of the above or about the inspection report, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. There is a great deal about this school that is unique and excellent. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this recent visit as it is a testament to the focus and drive of our school community.