Stalyhill Junior still ‘good’ school according to latest Ofsted report

By Maddie Zygmunt

STALYHILL Junior School celebrated as Ofsted declared “the school is well led and maintained” under headteacher Sue Kitchen as it retained its ‘Good’ status.

The inspection by lead inspector Allan Torr on December 10-11 found the primary school has seen no significant changes since the previous inspection in 2015, resulting in another ‘good’ grading.

He found youngsters enjoy going to school, feel safe and find their learning fun and engaging. Bullying is rare and, if it occurs, staff are good at stopping it.

The arrangements for safeguarding were deemed “effective”, with pupils having a “good” understanding of how to stay safe when working, playing online and around reservoirs, roads and railways.

Pupils were also reported to be “respectful of adults and each other” and “they behave well in class and around school”.

The report noted teamwork is strong and staff morale high due to leaders working hard to reduce staff workloads and complimented them for having “a robust system to identify any pupils or families that need support”.

There was also praise for “creating well-designed curriculums in science, music, reading, writing and mathematics.” where pupils can build on their earlier learning.

The report said: “This is because staff have high expectations of all pupils. They make sure that the curriculum meets the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

“Leaders ensure that disadvantaged pupils have an equal chance to join in with all the activities that are offered at the school.”

The Ofsted report continued: “Teachers ensure that pupils do not fall behind in their reading. There is an effective system to allow pupils to catch up quickly.”

However, they highlighted that there could be improvement on developing pupil’s awareness of different cultures by expanding the reading resources to reflect the diverse range of people living within Britain.

The reported added leaders do not place enough emphasis on promoting diversity. This means that many pupils do not have a broad enough understanding of life in modern Britain.

In subjects such as geography the curriculum ensures pupils have a secure understanding of subjects but does not develop their knowledge of cities and countries well enough.

However, the report highlights “leaders are in the process of adjusting the curriculum plans in some other subjects to make sure that pupils can build on their knowledge over time”.

Therefore, the school can look forward to expanding on its “ambitious curriculum” and maintaining students’ current happiness at school.

The Ofsted report can be read at https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50143566

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