I am absolutely delighted to be able to tell you that, following the recent inspection by Ofsted, the school has been graded “outstanding” overall, and also on all four key judgements: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
This is the first time the school has achieved an “outstanding” Ofsted grade and so we should all be rightly proud of our school. This fantastic achievement is due to the exceptionally hard work put in by every member of staff and especially by Mr Sharpe, who has worked tirelessly in the three years since he was appointed to improve our already good school still further. This was recognised by the inspectors who said that “The headteacher communicates very high expectations and ambition for improving the school, supported by highly skilled senior and middle leaders, resulting in significantly rising standards and improvement in the school’s effectiveness since its last inspection”.
The quality of teaching throughout the school was recognised as being outstanding, with the inspectors saying that “Teachers create a stimulating and welcoming learning environment which promotes high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and achievement. Teachers have excellent relationships with pupils and know their classes extremely well”. The input made by our Teaching Assistants was also recognised – “Adults who support pupils in need of additional help, including pupils who have special educational needs and those for whom English is an additional language, are well trained and highly effective in their role. They make a very strong contribution to pupils’ exceptional progress”.I would like to thank every member of staff for their incredible hard work and their dedication to our school.
I would also like to thank you, the parents, for your continued support of the school. Some of you spoke with the inspectors and also filled in the Ofsted Parent View survey in order to express your views of the school and we are very grateful for this. The positive contribution which parents make to the work of the school was clearly recognised by the inspectors.
Last but by no means least, I would like to thank all the children, who worked hard in their lessons, showed really positive attitudes to their learning and behaved perfectly. We were delighted that our pupils were praised so highly by the inspectors, who said that “Pupils are exceptionally motivated and eager to learn and are unreservedly polite and caring of one another. Their behaviour is exemplary”.