A letter from the governing body
Jan 25, 2018
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A Letter from the Governing Body (January, 2018)


Dear Parents,

As you are aware, Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School had an OFSTED inspection on the 21st and 22nd November.

As you will see when a copy of the full report is sent home with your child tomorrow, the overall Ofsted grading of our school is “Inadequate”. This disappointing outcome is primarily a reflection of a decline in academic results and pupil outcomes since the last inspection, and especially over the last two years. Put simply, standards have not been high enough:

 “Leadership over time has been inadequate. Monitoring and evaluation have not focused sufficiently on the quality of teaching. As a result, pupils’ outcomes have declined significantly since the previous inspection and are inadequate.”

I must emphasise, however, that the inspectors were impressed with the changes and new initiatives that have been implemented since Miss Goodson arrived as our new Head in September. They were very complimentary about the new leadership and positive about the direction in which the school is heading. They believe that the new school leadership team have the capacity to improve the school significantly:

 “The new headteacher and other senior leaders are having a positive impact on addressing the school’s weaknesses… School improvement plans are now focused on the most important priorities for the school.  These plans include clearly defined actions that are linked to a programme of checks that leaders use to hold others to account.  It is clear that the school’s current leadership demonstrates the capacity to bring about improvements.” 

There are other positives in the report. OFSTED commented on the good behaviour of children and the positive attitudes they have towards their learning. This will help to accelerate progress in school, and also shows that the new behaviour policy is working and having an impact:

 “The school’s work to support pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is good.  An effective behaviour management strategy has resulted in a significant reduction in poor behaviour.  Leaders’ actions, and the direction of the new headteacher, have strengthened this aspect of the school’s work.

Another strength of the school was in Early Years (Nursery and Reception), where OFSTED noted the excellent learning environment, the high quality of teaching and learning, and the good progress that pupils make:

“Children in the Early Years make good progress due to effective teaching and leadership.  The proportion reaching a good level of development has risen year after year.”

Children, parents and staff spoke positively to the inspectors about recent changes that have been implemented in school. Inspectors were able to see the impact of these changes and that our school is a happy and productive place.  On behalf of the governing body, I would like to thank those of you who spoke to OFSTED for your kind words and support:

“Parent surveys and face-to-face discussions revealed that a number of parents are very positive about how the school works to support pupils’ well-being.  One parent sought out inspectors to praise the school’s efforts in meeting her child’s particular needs.”

While we are all obviously very disappointed about our new OFSTED rating, we are also encouraged that it has been acknowledged that improvements are being seen, and that the school is now heading in the right direction:

“The newly appointed headteacher has strengthened the leadership of the school.  With her drive and guidance, senior leaders have drawn up action plans that build further on the work to improve the school … As a result, they are able to check on the work of the school and hold staff to account for the improvements they have been asked to make.”

The leadership team are working closely with our restructured governing body and the local authority to make sure that every child in our school achieves their potential.  Considerable progress has been made since September, and we wish to assure parents and carers that the staff and governors of Winshill Village are working every day to improve future outcomes for all of your children.

Miss Goodson and members of the governing body will be holding a meeting in school for parents on Friday 26th January to discuss the report further, and to share our plans moving forward. We are also looking to establish regular future opportunities for parents to share ideas and concerns with governors and senior leaders. We hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to support the school in improving outcomes for all pupils over the coming months and years.

Many thanks, as always, for your support of Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School.

Mr R Anderson

Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Governing Body of Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School

Article originally appeared on Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School, Burton-on-Trent (http://www.winshillvillage.org.uk/).
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