Following the recent Ofsted inspection, we are pleased to tell you that our school has been awarded ‘Outstanding for Early Years Provision’ with an overall school rating of ‘Good.’
The Ofsted Inspection was conducted by HMI Iain Freeland and Simon Green, across two days. They talked to a wide sample of children and parents at the school and carried out a thorough analysis of the Quality of Teaching and Learning; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; Outcomes for Pupils; and Early Years Provision.
The report shows us that we continue to be a successful and high achieving school, providing a rich curriculum and inclusive Christian ethos:
‘In 2016, pupils achieved high standards of attainment in the national tests at the end of key stage 2. This continues the trend for many years. The majority of pupils in all year groups are working at least at the standard expected for their age.’
‘The headteacher, supported by senior leaders, has maintained a culture of respect, care and compassion. They hold fast to the Christian ethos of the school and promote equality and diversity.’
‘Pupils feel very well cared for and thoroughly enjoy coming to school.’
‘The early years provision is outstanding. Children get off to a flying start in Reception.’
‘Senior leaders have high expectations of how pupils conduct themselves. In the main, pupils rise to these expectations.’
‘Bullying is rare. Leaders are quick and effective in taking action to stem any bullying at an early stage.’
The Ofsted inspection was triggered by a parental complaint and we are really pleased to report that after thorough investigation of the wider issues around this the inspectors were entirely satisfied with the school’s response and judged that the school was ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.
However, the report has highlighted areas where we can improve:
• We need to extend children’s knowledge about the dangers of extremism and radicalisation across the school in modern Britain. • We need to work with parents to improve the attitudes to learning for older boys. • We need to help some pupils sustain their levels of concentration so that they can display the high levels of behaviour shown by most pupils across the school. • Attainment and progress of most pupils is high; however, we need to ensure that more children achieve greater depth in their learning. • We need to seek further training for staff so that they can better support children who display the most challenging behaviours.
Having last been inspected in 2006, we welcomed the opportunity for our school practices to be robustly examined under the new 2015 Ofsted Framework with the new curriculum in place. We feel very strongly that the inspection process will enable the school to move forward with clear priorities for the next three years.
Well done to all staff and pupils for this achievement and for the way in which they have risen to the challenges of the new curriculum and the rigorous 2015 Ofsted framework.
The full report is available for you to read online.
Dr Jonathan Ambler
Chair of Governors
The Village, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7NA