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Ofsted Report 17th & 18th September 2019

Posted at 8:38 am on 12th November, 2019

11th November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,


In line with statutory guidance I am writing to share with you the outcome of our Section 5 Ofsted inspection that took place on the 17th and 18th September 2019. 

The full report will be fully accessible to all on the OFSTED website via the link below from Wednesday 13th November 2019. If you require a paper copy of the report please contact school and our Office Manager Mrs Helme will arrange for a copy to be posted out to you. 

Overall our school has been judged as inadequate, and has been placed into special measures. 

The report recognises that our pupils feel safe at school, they are respectful, corridors are calm and behaviour and attendance are improving. Acknowledgement is made that ‘leaders have introduced more opportunities to build pupils confidence and prepare them for adulthood.’ There is also recognition that we are beginning to take steps to improve the quality of education pupils receive, including creating curriculum plans and opportunities to revisit earlier learning. 

We have been asked to develop the following;

  • Implement our planned curriculum, and ensure pupils are secure in their learning before they move on.
  • Identify gaps in pupils learning and close those learning gaps.
  • Improve the curriculum for pupils with SEND.
  • Continue to improve pupil attendance at school.
  • Persist with improvements in pupils’ personal development opportunities. 

As a school, we take these recommendations very seriously and will be focusing strongly on implementing the actions outlined above in the coming months to make improvements as rapidly as possible. 

Ofsted last visited our school in 2017. Since that inspection there have been two temporary Headteachers before I was appointed in September 2018. This inconsistency and instability in leadership is reflected in the comments and the judgements Ofsted have made about our school. Positively the inspection team have recognised that ‘the new Headteacher has an accurate view of the schools strengths and weaknesses. She has prioritised her actions appropriately.’ I hope that this gives you confidence that I will continue to work with other leaders and staff in school to move our school forward and improve the education experience for your son/daughter. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact school.           

Yours sincerely 


H Pinnington (Mrs)