It is with tremendous excitement and pride that we present our most recent OFSTED report to you. This report is the result of Inspectors’ visit on 11th and 12th of October. They spent two days at the school. I want to draw your attention to key statements. Two years ago I had to write a very different letter to you but, in the words of Ofsted, our “Headteacher has led the school through a period of rapid change and significant improvement across every aspect of school life”. In particular –

  • Achievement has improved significantly
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is at least good and for older pupils outstanding
  • Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding
  • Leadership and management are outstanding
  • All senior and middle leaders lead monitoring and evaluation across the full curriculum
  • Staff morale is high and all staff are ambitious for the school and its pupils
  • The outstanding curriculum is exciting and engaging
  • Teaching is now consistently good
  • The biggest strength is the meticulous planning
  • Good subject knowledge ensures that all lessons are taught at a pace appropriate to the learning of the pupils
  • There is a strong sense of community underpinned by the schools eight Christian values
  • Behaviour is good
  • Pupils who speak English as a second language achieve well in school, some starting the school with little or no English

You will see that ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ figure largely in the Inspectors judgements. This is no accident, Governors and staff decided that the children at St Peter at Gowts deserved only the best and this is what everyone has been clearly focussed on since the difficult report two years ago.

Truly this work has been and is outstanding in making the significant and wide ranging improvements for the children and families of our school.

It is not the time to stop or rest on our laurels. There is work to do and the effort re-doubled to continue to improve and bring the best to our work. The children deserve nothing less!

Many thanks for your continued support,

Roger Hewins
Chair of Governors

Ofsted report 2016

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