Performance, Outcomes & Ofsted
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OFSTED Report - March 2018
The grades that can be awarded are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3) or Inadequate (4). The full report can be found and downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.
Previously the school was judged as ‘Good’ in 2012. However, the recent inspection highlighted the fact that:- “Following the previous inspection standards and outcomes declined rapidly. They have only recently shown improvement after the appointment of the current headteacher.”
In this recent inspection, the school was judged overall to be within the category of ‘Requires Improvement’ (3). It was gratifying that Ofsted rightly recognised the journey we have been on and the concerted effort from children to parents, teachers, leaders and governors that has been made to improve this school and develop it into a vibrant learning environment committed to all.
Please read the OFSTED report carefully as there are many good and positive statements relating to improved aspects of school life:
* ‘Senior leaders have created a strong culture of team work. Consequently, staff are united in their commitment to improve standards’
* ‘The governing body has been restructured and governors now have a clearer understanding of the schools performance. Governors show a high level of commitment to the school and visit regularly.’
* ‘Pupils feel safe in school and take good care of themselves and each other. They are appreciative of the efforts of staff in looking after them.’
* ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development permeates many aspects of the school’s work. The ‘Wildridings Values’ are understood by pupils and they can talk about how they use these to be positive members of the school’s community.’
* ‘The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.’
* ‘The school has strategies in place to support vulnerable pupils and their families’
* ‘Pupils’ outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 improved last year.’
* ‘Pupils’ currently in Year 6 are making more rapid progress as a result of improvements in teaching.’
* ‘Stronger teaching in early years means that children receive a good start to their education.’ - OFSTED deemed early years provision to be good.
* ‘The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school’
* ‘Pupils behave well in lessons and are keen to learn’
* ‘Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the improvements in the school since the headteacher started at Wildridings.’
Areas for Suggested Improvement
Obviously, inspectors have highlighted a number of key areas which require improvement. These include:
* Attendance - especially for vulnerable pupils.
* Improving the overall quality of teaching across the school- there are still some inconsistencies.
* Teachers need to consistently correct pupils’ grammar, punctuation and spelling errors in order to improve their writing.
* The wider curriculum needs further development.
It is disappointing that the outcome of the inspection has found that the school requires improvement and will undoubtedly be disappointing for you as parents. However, all staff in school are committed to providing the best education for the children of Wildridings Primary School.
With the publication of the report, now is the time to look forward and continue to work together as a school community, ensuring that the children of Wildridings Primary school receive the high quality education that they deserve in a safe environment where all children are supported to reach their potential. We hope that you as parents will continue to support us with this aim.
Mr Cope (Headteacher)