Following our recent Ofsted inspection on the 8th and 9th of May 2019, I am very proud to share our report with you.

During the course of the 2 days the inspectors observed 40 lessons and pupil behaviour around the academy; spoke to staff, directors, pupils and parents; looked at pupil work; heard children read; reviewed academy documents and data and spent time reviewing the academy safeguarding records and procedures.

Pupils demonstrated their values and spoke positively to inspectors, they represented Victoria fantastically well.

We are pleased that the inspectors recognised the continued improvements the academy has made since our last inspection.

The graded judgements made by the inspection team demonstrate the improvements made:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management  - Good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare  - Good
  • Early years provision  - Good

There was clear recognition of the progress made in the Quality of teaching, learning & assessment and outcomes for pupils since the last inspection. These areas have been graded as requires improvement. Taking all of the above into consideration, our overall grading is Requires Improvement.

These are the key strengths recognised by the team:

  • The principal continues to provide strong leadership, based on accurate knowledge of the school and its community.
  • Senior and other leaders work together as an effective team with a consistent rigour and shared vision to improve outcomes for pupils.
  • The Hatton Academies Trust (the trust) provides effective support for the school, including flexible and responsive staff training.
  • Leaders have established a positive learning environment.
  • Phonics is taught well.
  • The inclusion team members use information carefully to ensure that they provide tailored support for vulnerable pupils. These pupils make progress that is often better than that of others in the school.
  • Early years leaders ensure that children settle quickly and waste no time in making a good start to their learning. There is a clear focus on giving children the basic skills they need to be ready for Year 1.
  • Parent and carers value the approachable staff. They are rightly confident that their children are safe and happy.
  • The inspectors also outlined some areas for improvement, and I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that academy leaders, teachers and support staff will continue to work together tirelessly to ensure that we are able to successfully meet these targets before the inspectors visit us again.

Please see some of the really positive things the inspectors said about our academy below:

  • Senior leaders provide effective training to all leaders and staff.
  • The curriculum is broad and balanced.
  • The cultural diversity of the school community is used well to promote understanding, tolerance and mutual respect.
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well promoted across the curriculum. Leaders encourage pupils to be mindful and think about their actions as responsible citizens.
  • Pupils enjoy taking on responsibilities such as being librarians and telephone operators for internal calls. They are particularly thoughtful and keen to help pupils who are new to the school, including giving translation support.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
  • There are rigorous systems and procedures in place, which are understood by all staff. Leaders keep thorough records to ensure effective and timely work with external agencies.
  • The culture of safeguarding in the school is evident. Pupils spoken to by inspectors said that they feel safe. Teaching children about how to keep themselves safe is given a high priority by leaders. Pupils were particularly knowledgeable about how to keep themselves safe online.
  • Teachers have good relationships with pupils and establish clear routines, and pupils are keen to learn. Teachers consistently maintain a calm and focused climate for learning.
  • Teachers are conscientious and work hard to respond to and implement school policies and approaches.
  • The school’s work to promote pupil’s personal development and welfare is good.
  • The strong ethos of respect and care is underpinned by clear ‘Victoria Values’.
  • Pupils have positive attitudes to learning
  • Pupils understand how to keep themselves safe and feel very safe in school.
  • They (parents) are rightly confident that their children are happy and safe.
  • The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils show courtesy and consideration towards each other and adults, including visitors to the school.
  • Pupils enjoy coming to school. Pupils behave well in class and around school.
  • Pupils take responsibility for their actions and choices, due to a strong ethos of respect and citizenship.
  • The school is never complacent and continually keeps the importance of good attendance in the minds of parents and pupils.
  • Early years leader sets high expectations across the whole teaching team.
  • Children settle quickly into the welcoming environment because the adults working in early years provide a variety of interesting, stimulating and well-organised activities.
  • Parents are rightly positive about the good start their children make in the Reception class.

The full report is available on the link below. Please ask at the office if you would like a printed copy.

Mrs H Scargill