Message from the Board of Trustees regarding the latest Ofsted Progress Monitoring Inspection and Report:
It is of great credit to all that the independent school standards, which were judged to have not been met at the November 2018 full inspection and July 2019 PMI, have now ALL been met.
These include standards within the key areas of ‘Quality of education provided’ and ‘Quality of leadership and management of schools’.
The changes which we have implemented and which have resulted in this positive outcome are detailed within the report and include:
Quality Of Education: The publication and implementation of a curriculum policy that blends requirements so f a Steiner school with the National Curriculum; Increasing teachers’ subject knowledge across all areas and the provision of education with appropriate challenge for all pupils, including those with SEND and the most able; Giving parents more valuable information about their children’s learning.
Quality of leadership and management: An audit of the trustees’ skills being completed and new trustees recruited to address skills gaps and challenge and support our school; Trustees and leaders talk with confidence and knowledge about the independent school standards, know what is needed to meet the standards and have adapted good practice from other schools to implement within our school.
Welfare, health and safety of pupils: Please be aware that this standard was already met at the previous PMI in July 2019: improving our safeguarding compliance had been our no. 1 priority. However, since government guidance on safeguarding had been updated post July, OFSTED re-assessed our response to this. It is reassuring to know that our policy was suitably updated and this standard remains met.
Significant challenges still lie ahead in preparing the school for a full 3 day inspection under the new OFSTED inspection framework which will take place in six to twelve months. Publication of the present PMI report should however be recognised as a significant step forward. It would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of all staff (led by Elspeth) and our team of trustees. This has been hugely supported by the voluntary work of our parents and others in the wider school community and manifested though our children.
You can view our most recent inspection reports by clicking on the links below.
- Ofsted School Progress Monitoring Inspection Report February 2020
- Ofsted School Progress Monitoring Inspection Report July 2019
- School Inspection Service Report November 2018
- School Inspection Service Report September 2015
- School Inspection Service Report June 2014
Ofsted Parent View Survey
Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think of your child’s school, including how happy your child is at the school and how the school manages bullying or challenging behaviour.
If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), we will ask how well the school supports them.
The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. Click on the Ofsted image below to go to the survey.