Who are Ofsted and what do they do?
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
As a result of the March 2018 Ofsted inspection the school changed category from ‘Good’ to ‘Requiring Improvement’.
Since the 2012 Ofsted inspection the landscape of education has completely changed. The Ofsted bar for schools to achieve ‘good’ has been raised. There have also been changes in curriculum and assessment that mean children are expected to attain higher standards to meet age related expectations. These national changes in education coincided with a period of instability in school leadership and governance over the period of 2015-17. This affected school’s capacity to keep improving in line with the government's increased expectations on schools.
The school governors and school leadership take the change in Ofsted category very seriously. The governors were aware of the previous decline in standards and had begun to address the issues. The inspection team informed governors that as a result of the work of the acting Headteacher (our current Deputy Headteacher) the previous decline in standards had been halted. A new headteacher was appointed for September 2017. The inspection team in March 2108 recognised the strength of the current leadership team and trust that this team will continue to lead the school on its current path of rapid improvement. The school is ALREADY improving and we intend to go beyond ‘good.’