Positive start to New Year after thumbs up from Ofsted
Published on: 29 Dec 2015
PUPILS from Bromley Heath Infant School will start the New Year on a positive note after achieving the thumbs up from education watchdog Ofsted.
The school, which has 180 pupils, was given a ‘Good’ rating in each of the seven categories used to judge the school.
According to a report written by inspectors following their visit to the school, pupils make good progress thanks to good teaching skills.
“Teaching, learning and assessment are good, with aspects which are outstanding,” it said.
“Teachers’ assessment of what pupils can and cannot do is accurate and effective. As a result, pupils across the school are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and some are making outstanding progress, for example in their reading.”
The behaviour of pupils and their attitudes to learning are also good, with pupils playing well together and demonstrating good social skills.
“Pupils are courteous and polite,” the report went on to say.
“They care for others around them. This was exemplified during the inspection when a pupil asked politely if an inspector needed a friend. This was because the inspector was sat on the ‘buddy bench’ during a playtime.”
The report mentions that pupils enjoy school and attend regularly: “This is reflected in the school’s attendance which is consistently above the national average.”
The report says the school “provides a nurturing environment in which pupils feel secure and can thrive”.
The report also revealed the relationships between the school and parents is strong.
“The overwhelming majority of parents are delighted with the school and are pleased with the education and care their children receive,” it said.
The school’s early years provision is also ‘Good’: “Areas of learning are well organised, providing children with a wide range of exciting activities to make links in learning and stimulate their creativity.
“The transition arrangements from pre-school to the Reception classes are of a high quality. As a result, children settle quickly into school life, grow in confidence and make good progress in developing the skills they need to become good learners.”
The inspectors’ report highlighted the school’s leadership team saying their vision is for the school to improve to gain an ‘Outstanding’ rating.
It said: “The drive, passion and high aspirations of the headteacher are integral to the continuing success of this school. She is ably supported by the deputy headteacher and other senior leaders who share her vision for the school to become outstanding.”
The report outlined what the school should do in order to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating, saying the achievement of pupils should be raised so that a higher proportion make outstanding progress and that the most able pupils consistently reach the highest levels of achievement in reading and writing.
The school was also advised to ensure that all leaders, including governors, “rigorously monitor and evaluate the impact of the actions they have taken in order to determine what works well and why”.
Headteacher Tina Long said: “We are very pleased to have achieved a ‘Good’ grading under the new more rigorous Ofsted framework. The report is very positive and reflects all of the great things the school has achieved since its last inspection. As a school we are particularly pleased that the report acknowledges the support we continue to receive from parents.”