"This is a rapidly improving school" - Castle School is a 'Good' school
I am delighted to inform you that our Ofsted report is now available to view online on our website from today and will also be available via the OFSTED website from next Thursday 16th November 2017.
The report recognises the school has made a tremendous improvement in the quality of education and care it offers our children and is now graded as ‘Good’. It highlights the many areas of strengths across the school, recognising that we know our school well, identifying clearly the areas of development.
Please find our latest report in our Attainment section of the Website or by clicking this link!
The key strengths identified were as follows:
- This is a rapidly improving school. Since its re- opening in 2015, leaders have built trust within the community. As a result, parents recognise the positive changes of recent years and are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.
- The new head of school, along with the senior leadership team, are ambitious and provide clear direction for improvement.
- The school benefits from sharing good practice with other members of the Redstart Learning Partnership. This has a positive impact on staff development and pupils’ progress improves as a result.
- The school’s inclusive culture ensures the welfare of vulnerable pupils and those with particular needs.
- Pupils’ attitudes to learning are consistently positive and their behaviour reflects the school’s successful encouragement of high standards.
- Teachers plan work effectively for pupils who have gaps in their learning. As a result, they catch up quickly.
- Nursery provision is effective. It prepares children well to start school.
- Since 2016, the proportion of children achieving a good level of development has increased at the end of Reception year.
- Good quality teaching has led to improved standards in phonics. Pupils’ achievement in the Year 1 phonics check is now well above the national average.
- Current pupils are making good progress in English and mathematics.
- Careful monitoring of the performance of disadvantaged pupils contributes to a large majority of them making good progress.
- The school’s successful approach to the teaching of writing means that an increasing number of pupils achieve the standards expected for their age.
I have been enormously impressed with so many aspects of the school since I arrived and it is wonderful to see these reflected in this report. The support from The Trust, Mr Handscomb and staff’s excellent drive and direction since the last inspection have been invaluable. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the whole team of staff and governors who have displayed a fantastic level of hard work, dedication and commitment in order to ensure that we provide the best possible opportunities for the children of Castle School.
This is an exciting time for Castle School. The team and I are dedicated to further raising the quality of education and provision we provide for the children; I look forward to continuing to work closely with you over the forthcoming years.
Mr G Nation