Ofsted inspectors are employed by the Government and visit schools to ensure standards are being maintatined and children are achieving in line with expectations.
Inspections are wide ranging and their remit is to determine whether the school matches up to the standards that they have self-evaluated, or whether it is better or worse. They inspect all aspects of the school from teaching, pastoral care and safeguarding to management and leadership ensuring that the school is looking after the pupils to a required statutory standard. Each school is graded on a range of topics and measures.
As a church school we also receive a SIAS inspection carried out on behalf of the Diocese. It verifies that a church school is offering Christian content and reports whether children are being educated both socially and morally.
Please find below our most recent Ofsted report and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.
Ofsted Inspection - 28th February -1st March 2017
Strengths of the school:
Although the report identifies some strengths it also gives clear guidance about where the school needs to improve and an action plan to rapidly address the issues raised has been created. The highlighted key areas of improvement will be addressed by the school staff and Governing Body alongside support offered by external providers (Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Diocese Board of Education). Below is a link to the Ofsted report and a summary guide for our action plan.
SIAMS Report Highlights (April 2016):
I am very pleased to share with you the inspection report from our recent Church inspection (28th April 2016). The report highlights that the school is good in its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school. I would like to thank our staff, governors, parents and children who shared our good practice with the inspector during the inspection day. Please read the report below which identifies our key strengths and areas for further improvement.
"Christian values are embedded in the daily life of the school, contributing to pupils' personal values and achievement."
"The headteacher and staff strive to attain the school's vision for each child, 'Every child, Every chance, Every day' displaying an attitude of Christian inclusivity which values all pupils."
"The relationship with St Paul's Church is strong, and Vicar Jennifer continues to be a dedicated presence for the school"
Ofsted Report Highlights (Feb 2013)
“Children in Reception have a successful start to their school life and make good progress. Good progress continues throughout Years 1 to 6.”
“Improvements to teaching have had a positive impact on pupils’ achievement, well supported by effective leadership and management. Teachers establish a positive climate for learning and provide tasks which are well suited to pupils’ different abilities and needs.”
“Pupils show enthusiasm for learning and behave well in class and around the school. Pupils feel safe and well cared for by staff.”
“Good improvements have been made since the last inspection.”
SIAS Report Highlights - April 2011
"A good sense of community inclusive of all; governors, parents, staff and pupils."
"A warm, caring and supportive family atmosphere in which good relationships are established between all members of the school community."
"The present staff have created a positive learning atmosphere, supported by the parents and governors. Parents feel that the school is a supportive community where ‘everyone looks after each other’. Parents speak highly of the work of the school, and the quality of relationships between adults and children that encourages and develops confidence and a sense of community."