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OfSTED February 2015 Report now available


OfstedWe are delighted to announce to all our school and wider community that we have been judged by OfSTED to be a Good school (and rapidly improving towards outstanding) in all areas. We have attached a copy of the report to this letter. We trust you will be as thrilled with this report as we are in school. It recognises the hard work and effort that all involved with our school have put in over the last two years.

We would like to highlight a few of the comments made in the report which show what a fantastic school we are:

  • “Rudheath Primary Academy School is good and rapidly improving because of the strong leadership of the headteacher and the support provided by the Focus Academy Trust.”
  • “Pupils feel safe and secure. They are very well cared for at all times of the day.”
  • “The achievement of current learners is good. By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils are now well prepared for the next stage of their education.”
  • “The most able pupils achieve particularly well. Their attainment is higher than similar pupils nationally.”
  • “Pupils describe the curriculum as ‘challenging’ and ‘exciting’.”
  • “Parents are very positive about the school. The school keeps parents well informed, the school website is most informative and different social media are well used.”
  • ‘The governing body are highly effective.”
  • “The behaviour of pupils is good.”
  • “In class the inspectors observed good and often exemplary behaviour.”
  • “Pupils show respect for each other especially during the many opportunities they have to work with a partner or in a small group. Pupils show an obvious pride in their school.”
  • “The quality of teaching is now consistently good throughout the school.”
  • “The evidence in pupils’ work books since September 2014 and evidence seen in lessons is that teachers are very skilled at preparing activities which are challenging for pupils of all different abilities.”
  • “Teachers plan exciting lessons which generate a lot of interest for pupils and this enthusiasm for the learning challenges is extended at home.”
 “Teachers use highly effective questioning in all subjects.”
  • “The achievement of pupils is good. Current learners are now working at a much higher level than previously and making more rapid progress.”
  • “Pupils’ attainment in the Year 1 screening check to assess understanding and use of phonics (letters and the sounds they make) is similar to other schools nationally.”
  • “The achievement of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is good.”
  • “The adults in the class have very high expectations of the children and set very challenging targets especially for the autumn term. Most children make rapid progress from their starting points and are ready for the challenges of Year 1 as a result of good teaching.”

We were pleased that OfSTED identified two areas for development in order to enable us to become outstanding. Both of these areas we had already identified as part of our self-evaluation and relate to a continuation of the good work that is already taking place within school:

  • Advice and guidance to pupils through teachers’ marking does not always make it clear what they need to do to improve their writing. We will be looking at our marking policy over the next few months to identify what we can do to move the marking from good to outstanding.
  • There are times in mathematics when pupils spend too long on activities which they already understand before they are moved on to more difficult work. We have already had one staff meeting on extending and ensuring mastery in the maths curriculum and will be continuing to look at this over the coming terms.

Before finishing we’d like to say thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard over the last six months, the other governors and Focus Trust for their support and challenge, the children for being fantastic and really enjoying the learning taking place within school and finally to you, the parents, for your continued support.

We have started our journey to outstanding today.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Ross – Principal

Bob Richmond – Chair of Governors