School Leadership Team Responses to the Ofsted Document
Firstly we would like to thank the staff; students; governors and local authority for working so hard not only during the two days of the inspection but constantly to raise the standards at Robert Bruce. It must be noted that the new leadership team has only been in place a short time; the current Head Teacher twelve months and this document is taken from a three year trend period of time.
· The head teacher, senior leaders and governors know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and have identified the right priorities for improvement.
· The school is beginning to see significant improvements in students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning, enabling many to make faster progress in their learning.
· The progress of different groups is now being monitored carefully.
· The school development plan outlines clearly the school’s future priorities and the head teacher’s vision for success.
· Subject leaders and others with leadership responsibilities are keen to implement systems that will improve students’ progress.
· Governors are now providing good support and challenge to the school.
· Students feel safe in school.
· Middle leaders are now implementing strategies to improve behaviour.
· Data is now secure.
· Primary school funding is being used to increase opportunities for students to take part in lunchtime and after school sporting activities as well as running inter-school competitions.
· The school’s positive and supportive values promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
· Performance management systems have now been linked to teachers pay. The head teacher has acted quickly and decisively to resolve issues relating to the underperformance of staff and has secured improvements in teaching and achievement in years 5 & 8.
So what has the leadership team done so far this academic year to address the points raised?
· The school underwent an external local authority review – organised by the head teacher and leadership team.
· We have organised a whole school literacy review the week beginning 11th November.
· September 2013 every child had a baseline test in English; maths; reading; spelling and a CAT’s test. This was followed by a teacher assessment in November to ensure consistency. Tests were moderated both internally and externally with other schools.
· We have a new staffing structure in place with clear leadership roles.
· The morning staff briefings are now purposeful and aimed at teaching and learning; data; inclusion and behaviour training.
· We have an up to date special needs register which is secure and based on our data.
We have employed teachers to deliver one to one sessions with our children who need booster classes in English and maths.
· We have bought a new reading programme called Lexia to boost the reading ages of our children.
· Updated our school development plan with all of the evaluations.
· Reviewed departments on a rolling programme.
· Every member of staff has had a lesson observation including learning support assistants.
· We now have a parent’s forum and a community forum.
· The creative curriculum and the humanities schemes of work are being rewritten.
· We have appointed several new members of staff who share our vision.
· We have a bespoke middle leaders programme every Wednesday.
· All senior leaders have a coaching/mentoring programme in place.
· School anti bullying champions are in place.
· Our vision – ‘Young People are the Heart of our Community’ – is integral to our work. We believe that they are the reason why we are all here, and we must improve their future life chances through the education and experiences that we provide.
· The new leadership team has a clear vision and agenda. We are a solid team, determined to move the school forward to good at a rapid pace.
So What Does This Mean For Us Now?
The enclosed Ofsted document will be published on the Ofsted website next week. We will receive monitoring visits by an appointed HMI team over the next 18 months and within that time we will turn this school into a good category.
Ofsted Feedback Surgeries
I will be available on both parents’ evenings Tuesday 18th years 5 & 6 and Wednesday 19th years 7 & 8 to discuss any of these points with you.
These are positive times for our school.
You can download the full ofsted report HERE