HMI Report - July 2017
Please see the link below with regards to our school's latest inspection.
OFSTED Report - 1 February 2016
Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Supporters of Amesbury Archer Primary School
Today, a copy of the OFSTED inspection report will be uploaded to the school website (see below).
As a school, we welcomed the visit from the team of OFSTED inspectors as an opportunity to have our own self-evaluation judgements validated and for the excellent work, which is already going on in order to bring about rapid improvement across all levels of the school, to be acknowledged.
Although the overall judgement of the school is “Requires Improvement”, the gradings for both “Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare” and “Early Years Provision” are “Good”. Please take time to read the report as thoroughly as possible and take note of the many positive comments throughout the document, especially the reassuring recognition that standards are continuing to rise from the last inspection.
The inspection team welcomed our honest and open approach to the inspection process and the report reflects our own evaluation. Equally important, the action points that are required to raise the school to “Good” or better judgement had already been identified by the Leadership Team and incorporated into our ongoing improvement plan.
As you know, we always look for opportunities to celebrate all the children’s achievements and it must be said that their attitude and behaviour throughout the inspection was exemplary. We are very proud of each and every one of them. We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge “Thank You” to all parents and carers for your continued support, patience and understanding. Without you, we would not be able to continue to make the rapid improvements that are helping to guide our school towards our ultimate goal: to become an outstanding flagship school of the area and beyond.
The Ofsted Report:
- praised the work of school leaders who have “improved teaching since the last inspection and are continuing to improve it”.
- commends the “excellent, innovative work to support pupils’ social and emotional skills”.
- praises the “exciting activities and stimulating teaching” in Early Years.
- identified “rapid progress in learning to read” as a strength.
- acknowledged the school’s “effective safeguarding” and the way “pastoral care greatly enhances its capacity to safeguard children”.
- states that the school is particularly aware of the needs of service family pupils and comments that the school works “very effectively to support their welfare”.
- noted that “governance is effective… and they are active and engaged and committed to improvement”.
- highlights how “the school prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain”.
- refers to the fact that “the school is a calm and happy place”.
We are all on a journey; we know where we are heading and we know what we need to do in order to get to our destination as quickly as possible. The team we have in place here at Amesbury Archer Primary School is a truly outstanding one and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work as part of it. By team, we mean everybody associated with the school: children, parents and carers, governors, friends, support staff and teachers.
As a school, we continue to put in place many systems and strategies to support our efforts to raise standards throughout the school. The foundations have been laid and now, together, we are starting to reap the rewards of all of our hard work and endeavours.
If there is any aspect of the OFSTED report that you would like to discuss, please feel free to either call or pop in to the school office to make an appointment.
Finally, the governing body would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection for their contribution: the staff for their hard work and professionalism; the children who were a credit to the school in everything they did; and all the parents and carers who made their views clear through highly supportive letters and conversations with inspectors, as well as the online ‘Parent View’ survey.
Neil Mawdsley Louise Holm
Head Teacher Chair of Governors