Overall effectiveness: how good is the school? 2
The school’s capacity for sustained improvement: 2
Teaching and support staff work extremely well together. They ensure that their classrooms are bright and welcoming. Pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development is promoted well. For example, pupils who were spoken to explained that they know and understand the school’s agreed code of conduct. They work hard to gain points for good attitudes and behaviour. They learn about the importance of respect and tolerance for staff and for each other. They develop their social skills when catering for the local community during planned coffee mornings.
There is a clear emphasis on the importance of attending school and lessons. The attendance of most pupils improves significantly compared to when they were in their previous schools. Inspectors observed pupils settling quickly to their work with good attitudes to learning. Teachers and support staff are very skilled in assessing pupils’ learning abilities and then planning programmes to meet their individual needs. As a result, there is a good balance between the level of support they give and the extent to which they challenge each pupil in their learning.
Pupils enjoy learning. They are confident when reading out aloud in class, for example when studying ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens. They make progress in their reading after being assessed on arrival at the school. They respond well to staff enactment and modelling of characters’ speech and intonation when reading from a shared text. Teaching support staff help to engage pupils, such as when they are learning about how to use a protractor when measuring different angles.
The core skills of reading, writing and mathematics are promoted well through other subjects. For example, pupils studying Victorian London showed imagination and creativity when designing colourful and informative posters and displays. Staff ensure that any errors in workbooks across different subjects, for example in spelling, are picked up and shared with pupils.