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I am writing to inform you of the result of our recent Ofsted inspection, of which the report is below.

The school was inspected by Ofsted on 28th & 29th November 2023.

The inspection was carried out under the new “Education Inspection Framework”. The report is designed to be easy 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:

'This is a small school with a big heart'.

  • The school gives a warm welcome to any new pupils who join them.
  • Pupils can talk about the importance of equality and the need to respect those who are different to them.
  • Pupils are polite and courteous.
  • Parents praise the good communication they have with all staff.
  • Reading is central to the curriculum.
  • The school has worked hard to ensure that there is an ambitious curriculum in each subject.
  • The school is ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • There is a range of enrichment activities for pupils to enjoy.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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