Governors and staff are pleased that in our most recent inspection we have retained the judgement of good – a judgement we have now maintained for 10 years under increasingly more challenging inspection frameworks.
We are particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised that our children are happy and feel safe. They highlighted how the children benefit from the wide range of experiences that are offered to them. They noted that our early years children get off to a "flying start", and that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are particularly well catered for.
The curriculum is central to the current inspection framework, and subject leadership has been a focus of our school improvement work in recent years. As a small school all our teachers lead at least 2 subjects, and some have 3 on top of their teaching roles. Inspectors felt we could improve our curriculum and subject leadership further. As a result we have bought in a new curriculum for introduction in September 2022 - "Learning Means the World". Staff have already undertaken training to ensure we can implement it as effectively as possible from the outset, and we are really looking forward to our September topics.
The pandemic has had a negative impact on standards and consequently, although the inspectors recognised that by the end of KS2 reading is good, they noted that our KS1 children do not read as fluently as they should. We had already identified this and have been implementing catch-up interventions. Since the inspection we have also purchased new Phonics Bug home reading books for children to take home to practise. We hope our parents/carers will support us in our drive to improve children's reading by ensuring they read regularly at home.