The culture and ethos of the school are strongly centred on the welfare and safety of pupils.
The school fully lives up to its values, which include ‘to create a calm, secure and stimulating environment based on high expectations’ (OFSTED 2017)
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You, your leaders and governors all have a clear understanding of why the school is not outstanding and what still needs to be done to develop the school further.
Leadership at all levels is strong. Those with specific responsibilities for subjects or pupil groups know the strengths and weaknesses well. They achieve this through monitoring of teaching, support and challenge for teachers and close tracking of pupils’ progress. This includes disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, whose previous progress was not improving rapidly enough.
Teaching and Learning
Through systematic monitoring of teaching and learning, including pupil progress meetings, you have accurately identified the strongest teaching and made changes where previous teaching and the progress of pupils were not good enough. Evidence from current pupils’ work from last year shows that pupils of all abilities are suitably challenged in their learning.
A project on engaging boys in making choices about their writing has been particularly successful. As a result, boys are writing for a range of real purposes, including diaries, letters and newsletter articles, and are less reliant on teachers for structuring their work.
Leaders put safeguarding at the heart of all they do. Senior leaders place a high priority on their roles as designated leaders for safeguarding. They are well trained and keep themselves fully up to date and well informed so that they are able to deliver regular and suitable training for all staff. They know individual pupils very well and ensure their well-being. Referrals and links to external agencies are timely. Leaders ensure that all statutory requirements are met. Governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to safeguarding. They check regularly that the school is carrying out its duties effectively. Through the curriculum, pupils learn about keeping themselves safe, for example when using social media.
Parents were overwhelmingly positive about all aspects of the school, almost all of the parents said that they would recommend the school to another parent.