Ofsted Reports

We are delighted with the outcome of our recent OFSTED inspection which took place on 18th & 19th November 2014.

Overall the Inspectors have judged our school to be a ‘Good School with Outstanding Behaviour and Safety of Pupils.’

This is a fantastic outcome for the school to have achieved in such a short period of time, only 18months, since our last inspection. They also recognised ‘Outstanding’ features in our Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching; Achievement of Pupils and Early Years Provision.

‘Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour. Checks on pupils’ work made by inspectors showed that pupils’ learning and progress in literacy, reading and mathematics are consistently at least good and sometimes outstanding. This confirms that the quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection and continues to improve.’ Ofsted 2014

‘The quality of teaching is consistently high in early years. Adults organise many activities for children to learn new skills. They talk to children and ask them questions as they play. Adults keep detailed records of children’s knowledge and abilities, and their assessment of children’s progress is frequent and accurate. The teaching of early reading skills through sounding out letters is a particular strength. As a result, children are well prepared for Key Stage1.’ Ofsted 2014

We are delighted with the report and feel that the Inspectors have recognised all of the positive elements of our school and the journey we are on.

‘School leaders have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and its areas for development. Plans to improve the school concentrate on the correct areas, with the current focus rightly being on raising pupils’ standards in writing. This is the one aspect of the school’s work which prevents leadership from being judged outstanding.’ Ofsted 2014

The one area for development ‘Accelerate pupils’ progress in writing, so that their standards in writing at least match those they achieve in reading and mathematics’ is an area we have already identified as a school and are currently working on.

You can download the full report below; here are some highlights from the report:

The school has the following strengths

"Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding because they have highly positive attitudes towards learning. They are
cared for very well and feel completely safe in school."

"The headteacher, other leaders and governors are working effectively to improve the quality of teaching and to raise standards. They have a very clear idea of what further actions are still needed. As a result, the school is improving strongly."

"Pupils’ standards in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are rising. In 2014, their attainment in both reading and mathematics was well above average."

"Relationships between adults and pupils are warm and respectful. Teachers have high expectations of
what pupils can achieve. The quality of teaching is good and continues to improve.
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"Pupils enjoy exciting and interesting lessons and topics. Many clubs, activities, trips and special events help to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding well. "

The quality of teaching is good

"Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour. Checks on pupils’ work made by inspectors showed that pupils’ learning and progress in literacy, reading and mathematics are consistently at least good and sometimes outstanding. This confirms that the quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection and continues to improve."

"Relationships between teachers and pupils are very strong, warm and respectful. Teachers know their
pupils and their abilities very well, so they can plan activities at the right level for all pupils, including for
the most able and those who find learning more difficult."

"Teachers make clear to pupils what they are learning, and what is expected of them. Teachers plan
interesting activities which engage pupils’ imaginations, so they enjoy lessons and learn well."

The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding

"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Their attitudes to learning are highly positive. They have a thirst
for knowledge and enjoy learning new things. They cooperate well in class and help each other learn.
They think carefully about how they can improve their work. Disruption to learning caused by poor
behaviour is very rare."

"The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Pupils told inspectors they have no
concerns for their safety, and feel very well looked after. All parents say their child feels safe in school,
and the overwhelming majority feel their child is well looked after."

"Pupils told inspectors how much they enjoy school, and this is reflected in their attendance, which is
consistently high, and their excellent punctuality. They are proud to attend the school, and wear their
smart uniforms with pride.
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The leadership and management are good

"The headteacher leads the school with commitment and energy, and has a clear vision for the future of
the school. Together with other leaders and governors she has created a very positive learning
environment in which good teaching and good behaviour can flourish. School leaders are working
effectively to improve the quality of teaching and to raise standards further."

"The school provides pupils with an exciting, well-planned and broad range of lessons, topics and subjects
which have recently been reviewed in light of the new National Primary Curriculum. The curriculum is
enriched by a range of additional clubs, activities, trips, special events and visitors."

"Parents are highly supportive of the school. Parents frequently come into school to celebrate their
children’s good work in assemblies, to eat with their child on the child’s birthday, and to take part in
special events such as parents’ workshops. One parent, speaking for many, wrote: ‘The amount of
parental engagement is phenomenal and far exceeds our expectations’. Inspectors spoke to parents at a
Reception Year parents’ lunch who were equally impressed."

The achievement of pupils is good

"Standards of reading are high. An above-average proportion of pupils in 2014 reached the expected level
in the national screening check at the end of Year 1 of pupils’ knowledge of phonics (the sounds that
letters make). This was a substantial improvement on the previous year. Pupils are taught reading skills
regularly and systematically by teachers and by skilled teaching assistants. Pupils are encouraged to read
regularly. Pupils in Key Stage 2 told inspectors they enjoy reading, and spoke enthusiastically about their
favourite books and authors."

"Pupils’ standards by the end of Key Stage 1 in reading, writing and mathematics have risen steadily since
2012. Standards by the end of Key Stage 2 are also rising: in 2014, pupils’ levels of attainment in both
reading and mathematics were well above average. School data indicate that pupils’ attainment is set to
rise further in 2015."

The early years provision is good

"The quality of teaching is consistently high in early years. Adults organise many activities for children to learn new skills. They talk to children and ask them questions as they play. Adults keep detailed records of
children’s knowledge and abilities, and their assessment of children’s progress is frequent and accurate.
The teaching of early reading skills through sounding out letters is a particular strength. As a result,
children are well prepared for Key Stage 1."

"The leadership and management of early years are very strong. The early years leader has a clear idea of
the priorities for improvement and how to raise standards further. Liaison with nursery providers is good,
so children get off to a smooth start in the Reception Year and settle in quickly."

You can read a news report by The Chester Chronicle via the following link:

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/tarporley-school-bounces-back-disappointing-8285276

 

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