From March 10th-11th 2015 King William Street CE Primary School was visited by two inspectors from Ofsted. The inspectors recognised the very many positive features of the school, but they judged that the school requires improvement in some specific areas if it is to regain its “Good” designation.
The inspectors reported a number of the school’s strengths, these included:
- the curriculum provides a wide range of interesting experiences for pupils and helps them develop their understanding of the wider world;
- recent improvements in marking methods are providing pupils with good guidance on how to improve their work;
- Early Years provision was judged as “Good”;
- new pupils settle into school quickly and make good progress;
- staff take especially sensitive care of disabled children and those with special learning needs;
- the nurturing feel of the school, created through its wide-ranging curriculum, respectful environment and foundation on Christian values;
- pupils were praised for their good behaviour, which supported their learning.
The inspectors noted that pupils were proud of their school, telling them, “This school is one of a kind”. They also noted that the school was much appreciated by parents. A typical comment made to them and cited in the report was: “The school is brilliant; my child has been given really good support for his needs and is making good progress.”
Key areas of focus in this Ofsted report include: the number of pupils making “More than expected progress” from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 and particularly the progress of pupils within certain subgroups. Although most pupils make “Expected progress” between KS1 and KS2 and achieve in line with national expectations, some more able pupils, some disadvantaged pupils and some boys, do not make as much progress as the inspectors believe they should.
In response to the Ofsted report Mrs. Clarke has begun implementation of a series of measures to address the specific areas which were deemed to require improvement. The Governing body has also implemented improvements in its monitoring and reporting processes to ensure its actions are even more focused on improving the achievement and progress of all pupils, including the subgroups which were identified.
Importantly, Ofsted recognised that the school’s leaders “demonstrate the capacity to secure improvement in the school”. In order to successfully achieve our objectives we will be working hard to address those areas which require improvement, while maintaining our existing high standards in other areas. Our hope is that the school will be re-inspected within the next eighteen months and that we will at least regain our overall designation of “Good”.
You will find a copy of the Ofsted report below.