Our recent Ofsted inspection, February 2019, is an extremely positive report and confirms that we are a ‘good’ school in every area.
On behalf of the whole team, I am thrilled that over the 2 days, the 3 inspectors, were able to witness and find solid evidence of our commitment and dedication to ensure every child’s potential is realised, through an inspirational curriculum and our distinctive Christian vision.
“Senior leaders have established a positive culture, rooted in strong Christian values. As a result, pupils enjoy school and develop well personally, socially and academically.”
“Pupils said that they enjoy lessons and appreciate the work that adults undertake to make learning fun. Pupils say that adults help with everything, especially if they are struggling with work.”
It is also extremely encouraging to read frequent references in the report of the good relationships between pupils and between staff and pupils.
“Relationships between pupils and staff are strong. The personal development and well-being of pupils are a high priority for all staff.”
“Pupils understand what bullying means. When asked by inspectors, they provided clear explanations but stated that there is no bullying in the school.”
The inspectors identified some areas for recommendation, as is customary in all inspections. It is encouraging that, through our current school evaluation and improvement plan, we are already taking many steps to improve these identified areas including; coaching, mentoring and training for our new and enthusiastic middle leadership team, continuous development of quality first teaching to ensure high challenge for all pupils and where appropriate, offering additional learning to challenge and deepen knowledge even further. We are also working closely with parents to reduce the number of children that are persistently absent (below 90% attendance) and we are continuing to work alongside families to encourage and reward children who are always on time and have very good attendance.
Furthermore, the inspectors recognised this communication strengthens relationships between parents and the school; comments were made directly to the inspectors, over the 2 days and also through the 77 families choosing to comment on the ‘parent view’ questionnaires, with one family commenting ‘The new leadership is great and very approachable. The ground rules have been set and this is making a real difference to learning and behaviour.’
“Discussions take place with parents to support them to understand the importance of regular attendance.”
“Many parents praise the effect of the school’s Christian ethos and values on pupils’ attitudes to learning.”
We are extremely proud of our journey over the past 3 years and strive to continue to build on all that we have achieved. On behalf of the whole team I would like to thank all of our parents and children for their part in making Sir Henry Fermor what it now is and I am very excited and passionate about the journey ahead as we go from strength to strength.
Please click on the link below to read the report in full, or visit http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk to read the report on the Ofsted website.
Mrs Sacha Strand
Please find below our most recent Ofsted reports and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.