The school was classified as ‘Requires Improvement’ by OFSTED in its last inspection, which took place in October 2017.
Whilst there were key areas to develop, the inspector was particularly impressed with the following:
- The curriculum is broad and balanced.
- Parents of pre-school children will be asked for their written comments on the skills and development of their children. These will then be discussed with parents at the first Parents’ Evening in October.
- Pupils enjoy the wide-ranging learning opportunities on offer, especially after-school clubs.
- The teaching of reading is effective. Pupils are taught phonic skills effectively.
- Pupils behave well and show care and respect for each other.
- Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are managed and supported well by adults to make good progress.
- Teaching assistants support pupils’ learning well during lessons.
Since the inspection, the school community has worked incredibly hard to address the following areas for development:
- Leaders are using assessment information more robustly to accurately assess the outcomes of different groups of pupils and to hold teachers to account.
- Middle Leadership has been strengthened so that staff can use their knowledge and skills to develop the quality of teaching and learning.
- The governing body is more robustly challenging leaders about pupils’ achievement.
- Teachers are using assessment information more effectively in order to tailor tasks to meet the needs of pupils.
- Pupils’ problem-solving and reasoning skills are being effectively developed, especially in Maths.
- The indoor and outdoor learning areas in the early years is now consistently providing children with opportunities to develop their numeracy and literacy skills.
A full copy of the Ofsted report can be accessed below.