School Newsletter 9th November 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

If you haven’t already read the OFSTED Monitoring Inspection Report please could I urge you to do so. It was sent out on Parentmail and is also available to read on the school website @

We were very disappointed with the OFSTED outcome earlier in the year and have worked hard to ensure a better outcome going forward. The education and well-being of each child at our school is our top priority. We want to see every child achieve their targets no matter how big or small they are.

The school leaders, teaching staff and governing body have been relentless in making sure high standards are achieved. As a governing body we carried out a full review of our work. We had support from NYCC to help us focus on improving the way we monitor progress and attainment of the pupils. We were able to identify a weakness where we did not hold subject leaders to account. This has been resolved by meeting with subject leaders individually to look at their planning, carrying our book scrutiny looking for progress, examining data  and visiting classes when teaching is in progress (NB we do not monitor the quality of the teaching, that is the role of the Head and Assistant Head). In the class visits we look for the engagement of the child in the learning.

Governors meet regularly with Mrs Farby to ensure the school development plan is being successful and all staff are engaged in the plan. As you can read in the OFSTED statement good progress has been made and staff are working hard to ensure good outcomes.

Mrs Farby and her staff work very hard to ensure your child receives the best education. This is reflected in the statement. As we are all stakeholders in the children’s education it is vital we support the school development plan and obtain the best outcomes for our children. I feel it is the duty of us all to support the school and help the children make good progress. Let us unite to make this school at least “good” in the next inspection.

Gill Ward
Chair of Governors