Ofsted & SIAMS
We are pleased to share with you our most recent SIAMS report, which is attached below. It recognises many positives and demonstrates the positive impact that our improvement work is having across the school, stating: “Senior leaders have worked hard to bring about significant improvement.” We too feel that “Staffing is now stable and as a result the school has a firm foundation to improve rapidly” and look forward to building on this as we continue on our journey, further embedding initiatives and implementing further changes in a sustainable way.
Chris Allen, an experienced SIAMS Inspector, as well as fellow Church Headteacher really understood the journey that we are on as a school, but most importantly, he recognised the progress that we have made over the last ten months - especially the improvements made since our Ofsted Inspection seven months ago, particularly in terms of developing the vision and values that are the cornerstone of the improvement of any organisation:
“Shoots demonstrating the positive impact of the vision are appearing and this is enabling everyone to begin to flourish…”
“The core values, explored daily in collective worship, drive the vision and have had a positive impact on relationships in the school.”
Due to legislation, a school cannot be judged as any grade above that of its previous Ofsted Inspection for twelve months; therefore our overall judgement remains Requiring Improvement overall, however in his report he highlights the strong improvements made so far.
We were particularly pleased with comments about the impact of Collective Worship, which gained it’s own standalone judgement of Good - recognising the work that has gone in to making this “a special time when the whole school community comes together.”
The inspector felt that “There is a true sense that worship is transformational…”
The report also recognises that there are many strengths in terms of the pastoral work of the school.
“The individual child is celebrated through displays and photographs around the school.
“Pupils are treated with dignity and respect no matter their needs.”
“Difference and diversity are celebrated; everyone receives a warm welcome and, as a result, pupils are growing in
confidence as unique in the eyes of God”
Whilst there is still work to around embedding our revised behaviour policy – particularly in terms of parents understanding the approaches used, the report also makes clear the work that has already gone towards this and states:
“Parents speak highly of every child being understood by the staff. Pupils also know this; ‘we are not straight lines we
all have a wiggle’.
We would love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to drop us a line or come and have a chat.
Mrs Emily Gore-Rowe
This is the web address to follow to go to the report on the Ofsted website.