Parents and children will be aware that on Tuesday 19th April we had a one day Ofsted Inspection. We are pleased to let you know that we have been judged to be ‘Good’, and a better quality of ‘good’ than our last report. We are also pleased to note that we are very close to being judged as outstanding - that will be our next goal!
The report, which is in the form of a letter addressed to the Headteacher is available here. Some of the key quotes from the letter are:
‘You and your leaders have developed a learning culture whereby all pupils are expected to make at least good progress over time. You are right to be proud of the improved standards in teaching, learning and assessment and have skilfully provided day-to-day direction to develop the potential of staff.’
‘Since the last inspection, leaders have raised the expectations of teaching across the school. Leaders provide coaching support and challenge to teachers, which has had a strong impact on the progress current pupils make.’
‘Pupils across all year groups are now making progress in line with that expected, or better. This is particularly true of the most able who are making progress beyond that expected for their age. Evidence seen in pupils’ books confirms this is the case.’
‘The atmosphere around the school is very calm and friendly. Pupils are courteous and polite with aspirations to learn. They participate well in effective play activities and work hard to learn in lessons.’
‘When speaking with pupils they told me that they enjoy coming to school because, ‘of the smiles they see on teachers’ and their friends’ faces’. Behaviour is a strength of the school.’
The next steps for the school, in the context of our improved achievement since the last inspection, were that we should continue to ensure that:
Thank you to all of the parents who filled in the online questionnaire; the feedback was extremely positive.
Levi Roots Visits AJS
Children and staff at Alexandra Junior School had a real treat for their recent assembly when Levi Roots took time out from his busy schedule to support their campaign for healthy eating.
He greeted each child individually as they entered the hall and taught them his famous Reggae Reggae sauce song. Levi’s warm personality and his amazing story was inspirational. He shared how he developed his popular sauce and how he identified a gap in the market that allowed him to successfully pitch in the BBC’s Dragons Den.
Children could see how keeping fit, cooking and eating healthily and having a passion that you follow is important.