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Please find below a letter from the Headteacher regarding our most recent Ofsted report, a link to the Ofsted report and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables. 

Kingsbridge Community Primary School

‘There is a strong sense of togetherness. Staff and the community work well together to create a welcoming environment, in which pupils can learn.’ Ofsted April 2017

 

18th May 2017

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

OFSTED REPORT

As you will see, we were graded ‘good’ for Behaviour, Safety and Welfare of the children and for our Early Years provision but ‘requires improvement’ in three other areas.  This was disappointing and unexpected.  In the Local Authority’s view, we have been on an upward trajectory and we were expected to sustain an overall ‘good’ grading.  The decline in our Year 6 data in 2016 was expected; an added hurdle was that this year group were then tested in the year that age-related expectations increased.  Our aim was to prove that this data was not typical of our school, but the Inspector focused on our 2016 Y6 SATs data.

 

The first bullet point of the report refers to progress.  Our data proves that 2016 was not a typical year because in 2014 and 2015 the progress of our Y6 pupils was above or in-line with the national average.

 

There is considerable reference to expectations and progress of our more able pupils.  However, our data proves that in the last three years (other than in Writing in 2014 and in Maths in 2016) our ‘most able’ pupils do better at this school than the national average.  Additionally, in this school we get the same or more of our average prior-attaining pupils to the higher levels than the national average (other than in Writing in 2014 and Maths in 2016).

 

In the report under ‘Outcomes for pupils’ the Inspector says that the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in Writing and Maths at the end of Y6 in 2016 was ‘well below the national average’ but Reading was ‘just below’.  This is incorrect.  In 2016 (Y6) we were below the national average in Reading and Writing by the same percentage, but in Maths we were only 2% below the national average, which is the equivalent of one child.  However, we got twice the national average to the higher levels in Writing (Greater Depth) and slightly above the national average to the higher level in Reading.

 

Even though the percentage of pupils attaining a scaled score of 100+ in 2016 was higher in Maths than Reading and also closer to the national average, we made Maths a school improvement priority because we had identified that we have been comparatively slow to adjust to the new mastery curriculum.  Our work with the Challenging Learning Team has already started to have an impact on this as referred to in our March newsletter.

 

We have struggled to accelerate the progress of our low prior-attaining disadvantaged pupils.  This remains a focus of our school improvement and in February we had an external review of our procedures (a Pupil Premium Review) to help us to identify other strategies that might help.  The review acknowledged that our procedures were beginning to have an impact and recommended that we continue and ‘tighten up’ procedures.

 

We were pleased that the Inspectors recognised some of our strengths.

 

I am so sorry that you may be disappointed with this report of our school.  If you would like to know more about how the Inspector reached his judgement I will be in the large room in the Annexe on Monday 22nd May at 9:00am and again at 2:30pm and 6:00pm; also on Wednesday 24th May at 2:30pm before Open Classrooms.

 

Our aim now is to keep Ofsted to their time schedule and expect HMI to come in six months so that we can be labelled as a good school again this time next year.  In the meantime, we will be reviewing our current School Improvement Plan and writing an Ofsted Action Plan with the Governors.

 

More detail of the data that I have referred to can be found below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Slaughter

Headteacher

 

ALL PUPILS:  The progress of our pupils (Y2 à Y6) compared with the national average.

 

READING

WRITING

MATHS

2014

ABOVE

IN-LINE

ABOVE

2015

ABOVE

ABOVE

JUST BELOW

 

ALL PUPILS:  The attainment of our pupils compared with the national average.

 

READING

WRITING

MATHS

2014

ABOVE

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE

WELL ABOVE

2015

ABOVE

ABOVE

IN LINE

 

 

HIGH PRIOR ATTAINING PUPILS:  The percentage of our high prior attaining pupils who reached the higher levels of attainment compared with the national average percentage of high prior attaining pupils.

 

READING

WRITING

MATHS

2014

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE

BELOW

ABOVE

2015

WELL ABOVE

WELL ABOVE

WELL ABOVE

2016

ABOVE

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE

100% of our children compared to 54% nationally

BELOW

2 more children attaining the higher standard would have put us in line with the national average

 

AVERAGE PRIOR ATTAINING PUPILS:  The percentage of our average prior attaining pupils who reached the higher levels of attainment compared with the national average percentage of average prior attaining pupils.

 

READING

WRITING

MATHS

2014

IN LINE

BELOW

SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE

2015

IN LINE

IN LINE

IN LINE

2016

JUST ABOVE

WELL ABOVE

BELOW

 

 

The report refers to ‘disadvantaged’ children; this is the term that the Government use for children who generate Pupil Premium funding.

 

 

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