We had an Ofsted Inspection on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March 2022. We had one inspector visit for two days, plus an HMI quality assurance inspector for most of the two days.
Along with a new and more challenging Inspection Framework, the report is significantly shorter than previously, with less detail included.
Here are some of the report highlights:
Pupils are happy here. They are kept safe. They know they are listened to and trust adults in school to help them when they need it.
Pupils work and play well together. All pupils spoken to were adamant that bullying is not tolerated.
The right of everyone to be respected is part of the whole-school ethos and is interwoven throughout school life.
Leaders want all pupils to achieve well. The curriculum is well-planned and sequenced to promote this in reading and mathematics.
Pupils appreciate the range of clubs on offer.
Since September 2020, the Headteacher and other leaders have made significant improvements to early reading and mathematics.
A new phonics programme has been introduced and learning begins as soon as the children start in Reception. Teachers are well trained and deliver this programme consistently. Pupils are making progress towards being fluent, independent readers.
The maths curriculum is well-planned. As a result, pupils are building on prior knowledge and making progress. In Nursery and Reception, children are given opportunities to develop and practise early number. Carefully selected resources and activities, help children revisit and practise these concepts both indoors and out.
Adults are used strategically to help pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Behaviour is a strength. A calm and purposeful atmosphere is evident in lessons and pupils demonstrate positive learning behaviours.
Pupils’ wider development is prioritised. They learn about important topics, such as equality and diversity.
Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the consideration given to their workload. Teachers new to the school state that leaders’ support has been instrumental in keeping them in the profession.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders and staff are well trained. This ensures that families get the help they need as quickly as possible.
I think this is a great reflection of the hard work that everyone – staff, governors, parents/carers and of course pupils – all put in to making Wormholt Park such a wonderful school.
So many strengths were identified by Ofsted, which we are delighted about.
The inspector also identified one area that we need to continue working on. School leaders are pleased, as this area had already been identified for development over the next couple of years.
Wider curriculum – this includes subjects like music, art, DT, computing and the humanities. We need to ensure that these subjects are well planned and well sequenced from the Early years to Year 6. This will enable the children to know and remember more over time, deepening their subject-specific understanding.
We look forward to a full inspection team coming back within the next two years, as we are confident that progress in this area will be seen at our next inspection.
I would like to thank everyone who has worked relentlessly to keep what is special about Wormholt Park School as well as help to implement changes over the last two years. Our school is a good school and we all share a passion to provide the very best quality of education to our amazing pupils. I can see all of the great things we are already achieving and can see even more fantastic things we can achieve.
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I greatly value your continued support and we look forward to continuing to encourage your children to be the best they can be.