Please find below our most recent OFSTED report.
We have now received the final report from OFSTED following our inspection on the 21st and 22nd of November 2017. The full report will be published on the OFSTED website on Thursday 14th December 2017. The full report is available below.
The grades that can be awarded are outstanding (1), good (2), requires improvement (3) or inadequate (4). In recent years the term ‘requires improvement’ has replaced the previous grading of ‘satisfactory’ in OFSTED inspections.
The school has made significant improvements in the last 18 months, and these are reflected in the report. The inspectors found there to be many positive features of the school, and were more than satisfied that the school is being led well (Leadership and Management was graded ‘good’). They stated: ‘Under the inspirational leadership of the new headteacher and senior leaders, an ethos of high expectations has been created.” Parents can rest assured that staff and governors, to paraphrase the OFSTED report, will be: “unwavering in our determination to secure a quality standard of education for pupils at Rednal Hill Junior School”.
This report has judged the school to be ‘requires improvement’. Although this will undoubtedly be very disappointing for you as parents, it must be said that the outcome of the inspection was not a surprise to senior leaders and governors, and the judgements aligned very accurately with our own self-evaluation. The school has been through a period of instability, followed by much change in the last 18 months, as you will be aware. This has involved establishing an entire newly formed senior leadership team and the appointment of new people to the following key roles: Chair and Vice Chair of Governors; 5 further Governors; Maths Leader; English Leader; Curriculum Leader and SENDCO. In addition to this we have recruited experienced, high quality staff to set up a Teaching & Learning Team to add further capacity to develop teaching and learning in the school, and a number of new teachers have been appointed to replace those that have left. OFSTED recognised that the school had been through a period of: “decline in many aspects of its provision”, and that the necessary changes had been: “managed carefully” by current leaders.
The areas for development identified in the Ofsted report are all key areas from our school development plan and we are already beginning to address many of these. We would love to have the opportunity to discuss the ways in which the school is moving forward. In order to do this, we would like to invite you to a parents’ meeting at school. We will be holding a couple of meetings to
work around parents’ other commitments. However, if none of these meeting times are convenient, we would be happy to arrange an alternative if you contact the school office.
Meeting times are:
- Monday 18th December 9:00pm -9:45am
- Monday 18th December 5:15pm – 6:00pm
We look forward to having the opportunity to talk further with you at that time.
Mark Eaves-Seeley (Chair of Governors)