Ofsted carried out a one day inspection on the 19th July 2018. We are delighted to be able to tell you just how positive the outcome was. Overall the Inspector gave the school a grading of ‘Good’ which we are extremely proud of.
Highlights of the Lead Inspector, Deborah Gordon’s letter are as follows:
- Highly effective governor visits have helped governors to have a good understanding of key aspects of school development.
- Well-focused professional dialogue, both within the school and across the wider locality, underpins decisions and initiatives.
- You are united with your deputies in your aspirations for the pupils of St Matthew’s and share a sense of excitement about the future. As a result, outcomes are strengthening and morale is high.
- Pupils enjoy coming to school. They know that their voice is valued and listened to if they have any worries.
- Pupils articulate the values of the School. They told me, ‘We like to persevere.’ They also demonstrate these values in their behaviour and work across the school.
- Leaders have taken effective action to address the improvement areas from the last inspection.
- Leaders are not complacent, however, and acknowledge that there is further work to do to embed recent initiatives and to develop the curriculum fully across all subject areas.
- Child protection is at the heart of the school.
Next steps for the school
Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:
- outcomes for disadvantaged pupils are further strengthened, particularly in key stage 2.
- pupils systematically and consistently develop skills, knowledge and understanding across the breadth of the curriculum.
Please click on the link below to read the full report.