Thursday 15 November 2018

Ofsted Report

We have received the final report from Ofsted following our inspection on 10th and 11th October 2018. The full report has now been published on the Ofsted website.

Previously the school was judged as Outstanding in March of 2014. However, in this recent inspection, the school was judged overall to be a Good school. The inspectors judged the school to be Good in every area of the inspection as follows;

· Effectiveness of leadership and management                Good
· Quality of teaching, learning and assessment                Good
· Personal development, behaviour and welfare              Good
· Outcomes for pupils                                                       Good
· Early years provision                                                     Good

We were thrilled with the overall judgement of GOOD and especially pleased with so many incredibly positive comments which included:

· The teaching ensures that pupils sustain good progress across the range of subjects taught.
· Teachers expect pupils to work hard. Teachers make sure that pupils understand what they are meant to be learning. Reading and mathematics are taught consistently well.
· Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities in the curriculum to broaden their cultural horizons and become more familiar with British institutions.
· The early years does a good job of helping pupils make progress.
· Safeguarding is effective because there is a shared understanding of agreed safeguarding procedures and a strong culture of vigilance.

It is very pleasing to read such positive things about our school and I am very happy with the conclusions the inspectors came to after spending just two days in school.

It would be an entirely reasonable question to ask why I am so pleased when the overall judgement has moved from Outstanding to Good since the previous inspection. The answer to that is that since our last inspection a new Ofsted framework was put into place that has moved the goalposts considerably, with the intention of making it far harder to gain the top grades. Schools need to be challenged and it is quite right that the standards demanded from us are as high as they can be. Over the past year 89% of outstanding schools who have been inspected were moved to a new Ofsted category with 45% being judged as good and 44% being judged as requiring improvement or having serious weaknesses. It is testament to the skills of the inspectors that they were able, in a relatively short time, to recognise the many things that we are so proud of here at Broadford and to sum up our school so succinctly.

I  am eager and keen to meet the challenges ahead and will do everything in my power to continue to raise attainment, as will the staff. I feel great satisfaction that we are doing everything we can to support and guide your most prized possessions– your children – and that this has been recognised in such a positive report. I would like to thank all parents/carers who support our work so well, your continued co-operation and collaboration is, as always, very much appreciated.

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