School gets first Ofsted report
Old Sarum Primary School received their first Ofsted inspection just before Christmas, and the results were published today.
There are some very encouraging views expressed by the inspector, who mentions that “pupils’ behaviour is good in lessons and when at play” also “the school provides a very safe and secure environment for pupils” and “pupils enjoy school“.
To me as a prospective parent, those three statements give me such reassurance about the experience that OldSarumGirl would enjoy if she’s successful in getting a place there.
Sadly, the overall category the school received was “Requires improvement”, rather than “Outstanding” or even “Good”. It should be noted that however good a school may be, they cannot achieve a high grade in Ofsted until they have three years’ worth of records to prove pupil achievement etc… obviously Old Sarum has not been open long enough to provide that!
Some weaknesses are highlighted in the report, but they are mainly specific to a couple of teaching points in certain years. The only wholesale “failure” was on the part of the original governing body, and they have superseded by the current governors, who are excellent and highly engaged with the school. Head teacher John Jones also comes in for lots of praise, which from all I have heard is well-deserved.
I am sure by the time another Ofsted rolls around, there will be a higher grade for Old Sarum, and in the meantime they seem to be off to a very solid start.