St John’s C of E Primary School is officially a “good school” following its Ofsted Inspection in September.
The Ofsted Report, published on 23 October, ranks it as “good” in each of the 5 categories of assessment:
- effectiveness of leadership and management
- quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- personal development, behaviour and welfare
- outcomes for pupils
- early years provision.
The school’s overall effectiveness is now “good”; in the last inspection in 2013 it “required improvement”.
The report states, “The headteacher has secured significant improvement since the previous inspection. He is ambitious for school improvement and has successfully communicated and shared his high expectations of what pupils can achieve with staff, governors, pupils and parents.”
Other key findings of the report state that, “The quality of teaching is good, particularly in writing. Pupils know how to improve their work because teachers mark their work carefully and provide them with useful feedback. Behaviour in lessons and attitudes to learning are good. Pupils are polite, helpful and confidently say that, if bullying occurs, it is dealt with immediately by adults. The school’s work to support disadvantaged pupils is effective. The majority of pupils make better than expected rates of progress in all classes. When disadvantaged pupils are compared to non- disadvantaged pupils nationally, the gap is closing.”
To be ranked as an “outstanding” school the report identifies the teaching of maths as in need of further improvement: “Teaching in mathematics does not enable the most-able pupils to apply their mathematical skills and deepen their understanding sufficiently.”
A key finding is that “outcomes for all pupils have improved significantly throughout the school. Pupils in all year groups are making consistently good progress. Standards by the end of Year 6 are above the national average in writing and mathematics and well above in reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar.”
Head teacher Gareth Jones said the outstanding achievements which had led to the Ofsted report were a true team effort. He added: “I would like to thank everyone for their support. The improvements that have taken place have only happened because of the full support of the parents, the governing body, the hard work of the children and the dedication and expertise of the staff. I am incredibly proud of the whole school community. We should also recognise that this is the next stepping stone on our school’s journey, there is still much to do and challenges ahead. This is an exciting time for the school and I look forward to continuing our success in the coming years.”