Ofsted Report 2016

“Wessex is a primary school where individuals are cared for, valued and helped to achieve…”

“Leaders are ambitious for the school and have responded robustly to the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection…”

“Pupil’s outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics have risen steadily…”

“The way that the school looks after pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding…”

“Pupils enjoy school and many said that their teachers are ‘fantastic’…”

“(Pupils) show respect for each other and are well prepared for the next stage of their education…”

“Governance is very effective.”

These are just some of the quotes from our Ofsted report, which I am now able to share with you. I am immensely proud that our work, dedication and focus on the children has been recognised so positively and warmly by our inspection team and would like to thank the entire team at Wessex – children, staff, governors and parents – for helping us on our journey over the past three years. Please click the link above to view the report which  will go live on the Ofsted website on the 8th June. I am really pleased too that the report has ‘landed’ before half term so that we can share it with you before the break. Please take time to read it and recognise our achievements and enjoy it.

Update following OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2014

Dear Parents,

We would both like to say a huge thank you for the tremendous support during the recent OFSTED inspection.

Your input via the OFSTED ‘Parent View’ portal showed the inspection team your positive views regarding your children’s education in terms of happiness, safety, care, teaching and progress. A summary of your responses is also attached in case you haven’t seen it.

We are very pleased that the report recognises that we are a welcoming community where children feel happy and safe. The report identifies inclusion as an important strength of the school along with many other areas, including attendance, support from parents, behaviour, the Hearing

Resource Base, sport and PE, the curriculum, the Early Years Foundation Stage and the learning environment.

The report also clearly shows where the inspection team feel we need to make improvements and we have already been working on these specific areas for the past twelve months to ensure those improvements are implemented swiftly.

The majority of the OFSTED areas for improvement were based on data from previous years and was heavily weighted on our SATs results in Y6 and Y2 from 2012-13. The Headteacher, staff and Governors have been working closely together throughout this year to address the issues identified from last year and continue to provide a singular focus on raising levels of attainment and progress for all our children in reading, writing and maths. School data is reported to governors every term, at which time interventions are monitored for their impact and modified if necessary. We set ambitious targets for all the children and know we are well along the path towards achieving these.

We are saddened that our inspection team did not seem willing to take account of the improvements we have implemented and the growing evidence we have gathered in the 2013-14 academic year to prove it. We are disappointed that our visitors did not recognise the breadth of what we are about at Wessex. Our vision and what we are aiming to achieve with and for our children was, we feel, an opportunity missed on their part.

That said, we encourage you to read the full report and recognise the many positives points made.

Further copies are available on the school website and from the school office.

Everyone at Wessex will continue to strive to fully implement any recommendations made in the report to further the positive progress we have already achieved. To play your part, find out more and address any questions you may have, we have arranged an informal gathering of parents, governors and staff on Thursday 26th June at 7pm in the Upper School hall. A DVD will be available so children are welcome if you have any difficulties with child care.

Yours sincerely

Mr Nick Stevens

Ofsted Monitoring Inspection

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to let you know that we will be welcoming  a seconded Ofsted Inspector from HMI to Wessex for a monitoring visit tomorrow, 30th September. We were informed of the visit on Friday afternoon.

A monitoring visit is designed to appraise the school’s work since our inspection in June and to make a judgement about whether we are well placed to address the areas for improvement identified in our report and move from Requiring Improvement to Good (and beyond). The visit involves one inspector and will comprise of meetings with myself, school governors and key members of staff. There will also be a ‘learning walk’ of the school, during which the inspector will view the learning taking place, talk to children, look at some work and get a feel for the environment and ethos of the school.

We have worked incredibly hard since our last visit in June and I am excited to show our inspector the breadth and quality of the education your children receive on a daily basis. The visit itself, informed by the amazing results we achieved at the end of last term in every single area and in every single key stage, is our opportunity to show ourselves off at our very best.

There will not be the opportunity to complete a ‘Parent View’ on this occasion, but if you would like to make a comment or share your opinion of the school with our visiting inspector, please do so by e-mailing or dropping a letter into the school office tomorrow morning. There will be a box in the Atrium labelled for this purpose.

I know that every member of staff is ready and looking forward to showing every aspect of Wessex at its best, so please play your part. Smart children arriving on time and ready to learn is our usual expectation, so please make sure Tuesday is a positive reflection on how we work as a school – I know that the children will shine in terms of their enthusiasm and attitude as this is also what they do every day.

Of course please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely

Mr Nick Stevens