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Disappointment at Stoke Lodge Ofsted verdict

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the entrance to Stoke Lodge Primary School, in School Close.

Senior staff at the Olympus Academy Trust have expressed disappointment at the latest Ofsted report for Stoke Lodge Primary School, which has been given an overall grading of ‘requires improvement’ for the second time in just over two years.

Inspectors who visited the school in early January once again judged its Early Years provision to be ‘good’ but rated the other four standard areas of assessment to be in need of improvement.

At the time of the last assessment in September 2016, the school had just joined the Olympus Academy Trust and the headteacher at the time told parents he was confident that access to additional expertise and resources through the trust would allow the school to “fast-track areas identified for improvement”.

However, in his key findings, the inspector reports that leaders at the school “have not tackled issues identified for improvement at the previous inspection quickly enough”. As a result, pupils’ progress at the end of Year 6 has remained in the lowest 20 percent of schools nationally for English and mathematics.

The reports goes on to say that “middle leaders do not yet have the skills to improve teachers’ practice” and that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in Key Stage 2 is “inconsistent”.

It adds: “Weak teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling has led to gaps in pupils’ knowledge. This weakens progress in pupils’ written work.”

Communication with parents and carers is said to be in need of improvement and it is noted that a “large majority” of parents who responded to an online survey said they wouldn’t recommend the school to another parent.

Strengths identified by the inspector, in addition to the good Early Years provision, are the quality of teaching in Key Stage 1, which is leading to stronger outcomes for pupils, and the provision of a “broad and balanced” curriculum.

Pupils make particularly good progress in geography, history, art and religious education and the inspector noted evidence of improvements this year in both writing and mathematics.

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BSCS celebrates renewed ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 11:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS staff and students. Standing is Steve Moir (headteacher); seated is Sharon Clark (head of primary phase).

Staff, governors and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are celebrating after receiving another positive report from Ofsted.

A team of five inspectors spent two days at the school in mid-May to carry out a ‘full’ inspection, the first since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in April 2013. Their conclusion, following what the headteacher describes as an “incredibly thorough and fair” inspection, is that BSCS retains its overall effectiveness rating of ‘good’.

In two of the six assessment categories, ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ and ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, inspectors awarded the highest grading of ‘outstanding’. The other four categories were all rated ‘good’, including ‘early years provision’ which was being assessed for the first time since the school’s primary phase opened in September 2015.

Inspectors noted just two areas for improvement, both relating to “raising achievement further” – by focusing on progress made by students on academic courses in the sixth form and applying recently introduced developments in teaching and learning consistently across subjects.

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Ofsted success for Baileys Court Primary

Posted on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 7:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and staff celebrating the school's recent 'good' report.

Staff and pupils at Baileys Court Primary School in Bradley Stoke are celebrating after receiving a  positive report from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in December 2017 for a ‘short inspection’ and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’. This was the first inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in March 2013.

The report praised the school’s leadership and management, stating: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The school’s action plan is precise and leaders, including the governing body, monitor each action to ensure that it is bringing about the necessary changes.”

It also noted that the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection have been addressed effectively.

Inspectors found that staff spoke very highly of the school, noting: “Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the school and feel proud to work there. They report that leaders are supportive and help them achieve their best. Consequently, teachers are highly motivated and respond positively to initiatives and well-planned professional development.”

The report also recognised praise from parents: “Parents especially appreciate the extra support and care given to those pupils who may struggle, with one parent reporting how well staff ‘make so much extra effort to help my child grow’.” Another parent stated: “I can’t recommend this school highly enough! My three children have been through the school. The teaching is and always has been excellent. My children have all thrived there.”

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Disappointment at Meadowbrook Ofsted verdict

Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Meadowbrook Primary School, taken from Crystal Way.

Meadowbrook Primary School is disappointed with the result of a recent Ofsted Inspection which has judged that the school “requires improvement”. The school was inspected in October and was judged as “good” in only two of the five areas. The school was also judged as “requires improvement” in the last inspection in March 2014. However, the recent judgement is based on a different inspection framework and the many positive comments in the report would suggest that the school has made significant progress since the last inspection.

Inspectors noted many positive aspects at Meadowbrook, including the good personal development, behaviour and welfare of the pupils and good Early Years provision. The report states:

  • Leaders and teachers place pupils’ welfare at the heart of their work. They form effective partnerships with parents. Pupils enjoy coming to school. They say that they are well looked after. They behave well and are polite and respectful.
  • Lunchtime and playtimes are happy, sociable occasions. Pupils enjoy chatting and playing with their friends. Pupils are well supervised and follow well-established rules.
  • Leaders encourage pupils to take on various positions of responsibility. Pupils are very proud to represent the school.
  • Stronger teaching in the school is characterised by high expectations, well-pitched learning activities and clear explanations. This helps pupils remain focused and enables them to practise and secure skills in different subjects.
  • Children make a good start in Reception, developing their knowledge, understanding and skills well. Consequently, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development by the end of Reception is high. Children are well prepared to move into Year 1.
  • Leadership of early years is good.
  • Phonics teaching is well planned and allows pupils to practise and develop their reading skills. As a result, pupils achieve well.
  • The exciting and interesting indoor and outdoor environments invite children to engage in rich and varied activities. As a result, they develop a range of skills.

The report acknowledged that the leaders and governors have worked hard with the Olympus Academy Trust to create a stable staffing structure. They understand what needs to improve and there is evidence that they are taking the necessary action to bring this about. At the time of the inspection some of the improvement strategies had not yet been embedded fully or consistently applied.

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