I am writing to inform you of the result of our recent Ofsted inspection, of which the report is attached.
The school was inspected by Ofsted on 9th & 10th November 2021.
The inspection was carried out under the new “Education Inspection Framework”, which has a much tighter focus on the wider curriculum than the previous “School Inspection Framework”. The report is much shorter and is designed to be easier for parents and guardians to access (pages 2 & 3 are written with parents in mind). We would strongly encourage you to read it.
We would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection for their contribution, including the children who were a credit to the school in everything they did and all the parents who made their views clear through conversations with inspectors and/or the online Parent View survey. We believe that the report rightly identifies both the strengths of the school and the areas that require improvement – indeed the inspectors agreed that our self-evaluation and school improvement plan were already aligned to the same priorities as identified Ofsted.
Many of you will appreciate the significant improvements you have seen at the school since the previous inspection and we are delighted that the inspectors were able to recognise the journey we have been on:
- Our Reading and Phonics Provision is now “Good and is a priority in school”
- Significant improvements in pastoral – “Leader’s prioritise pupils well-being”
- Significant improvements in the pupils behaviour – “They are polite and caring towards each other”
- Significant improvements in behaviour- “Pupils conduct themselves well – low level disruption is rare”
- The quality of relationships between staff and pupils – “relationships between pupils and staff are positive”
- The quality of support for vulnerable children and families – “Leaders provide strong support to vulnerable pupils and their families”
- The quality of provision and support with regards to safeguarding – “They act quickly when they have a safeguarding concern. Leaders work closely with external agencies so that pupils receive the support they need”
School leaders, governors and the Local Authority, are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for all the children at Great Ponton School, building on the foundations already laid.
Thank you for your continued support
Mr K Leader