The findings of the latest Ofsted monitoring inspection of Court Fields School, Wellington, are that the school is improving.
This monitoring inspection which took place on 10 January 2018 was carried out following two successive judgements of ‘requires improvement’ in previous Ofsted inspections.
The report, published on the Ofsted website on 1st February, notes that ‘senior leaders are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified in the last section 5 inspection in order for the school to become good.’
Specific reference is made to the introduction of a deputy headteacher from The Castle Partnership Trust ‘to oversee achievement and pastoral support’. The report notes the effective work of the Head, Ms Rachael Bennett, and the Executive Headteacher of the Trust which has resulted in improvements in the school’s performance. The report also notes Ms Bennett’s development of a ‘cohesive senior leadership team whose members work effectively on the key areas identified as needing improvement.’
The inspector, Simon Rowe, found that ‘pupils exhibited positive attitudes to their learning’ and ‘relationships between teachers and pupils are a strength’ when he made visits to lessons. He noted ‘Work in books shows that the pupils are making much better progress and their confidence in their own abilities is growing.’
He also makes reference in his findings to the implementation of a revised behaviour policy and notes that ‘pupils state that they feel behaviour has improved and instances of bullying are now a rarity.’ He found that in lessons and around the school site ‘[pupils] conduct themselves sensibly and engage well with their learning.’
The report acknowledges that outcomes at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) last year indicate that ‘pupils did not make sufficient progress’ particularly in English, mathematics and for disadvantaged pupils’ although much better progress is made by pupils across Key Stage 3. It refers to the challenging targets teachers have been set by the school’s Governors to raise the progress of Key Stage 4 pupils.
Further reference is made to the support Court Fields receives from within The Castle Partnership Trust, which includes joint professional development for teachers to improve the quality of teaching in both Court Fields and Castle School, Taunton.
The Ofsted Inspector’s letter can be found on the Ofsted website.