William Gladstone CofE Primary Academy
Ofsted Report November 2019
Thursday 5th December 2019
Following our recent inspection, is an absolute pleasure to enclose our Ofsted Report which informs you that William Gladstone CofE Primary Academy is a ‘rapidly improving school’, with Behaviour and Personal Development graded as ‘Good’. This is an excellent achievement for all of our children, staff and governors and I am extremely proud of everyone involved.
Whilst we are graded as ‘requires Improvement’ overall, we would like to celebrate with you the fact that the inspectors realised how far the school has come in just the last year alone, having been judged as ‘Inadequate’ in 2017.
They were very complimentary about the systems that are now in place and were adamant that the school is on the right path for future successes. We have now set the target for the school to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ at the next Inspection that will be within 30 months of this week. There is no time to waste and developments continue to happen at a rapid pace.
Our school has had a very busy time since its last inspection and this Ofsted report is a fantastic recognition of the hard work and commitment of all of our school community that is so determined to achieve ‘Outstanding’ Education for all of our wonderful pupils. Word has already spread throughout the community about the quality of our provision and we are so delighted that this was noted by three Ofsted Inspectors and a HMI Inspector on their recent visit.
Thank you to parents/carers that took the time to complete the Parent View questionnaires and to speak to inspectors at the beginning and end of the school day. Your support for our school came across as 100% positively – your comments were wonderful to hear so thank you. It is a pleasure to work in partnership with such supportive families you all contribute greatly to the success of our school.
In addition to academic success, it is great to see that our school Christian values, ethos and community spirit are also strongly reflected in the report. As you are aware, we are passionate about educating the ‘whole child’ and ensuring that we provide pupils with a wide range of experiences and opportunities, give them a range of responsibilities and teach them about valuing and respecting others. Above all, we want them to really enjoy coming to school as we know that when pupils feel happy, safe and cared for, they do well both academically and socially. Our pupils were fantastic during the inspection; they carried on as usual and chatted happily, enthusiastically and confidently to inspectors about a wide range of subjects.
Here are some highlights from the report which all our pupils and parents/carers should feel very proud of:
The school is ‘a rapidly improving school’ and is ‘a calm and safe place to learn’
‘Parents and carers and pupils are pleased that behaviour ‘is so much better since the new headteacher arrived’.
‘The school's provision for pupils’ personal development is good.’
Everyone in school is ‘determined that all pupils will achieve’
‘Children, including those with SEND, settle well into the early years.’
Children ‘have warm relationships with the adults.’
‘Pupils are very respectful towards each other.’
‘Pupils are keen to come to school.’
‘All staff ensure that the school includes and welcomes all pupils.’
‘The safeguarding team work well together to ensure that any pupil who is at risk is identified quickly.’
‘Leaders have planned the mathematics curriculum so that pupils build their knowledge and skills systematically.’
We will continue to build on the success of this report, addressing any areas that require further development and, working in partnership with parents/carers, ensure that our lovely school continues to go from strength to strength. The report will be published on the OFSTED website this Friday and we will provide a link to this from our website too. If you have any questions regarding the report, do not hesitate to contact me.