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EDUCATION & SKILLS

Adviser Visit Report

Good &Outstanding schools

Description: WSCC

DISTRIBUTION

School - Headteacher

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Chair of Governors

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Senior Adviser

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Section 1

Name of School: Castlewood Primary

DFE Number:

Date

11th November 2015

Duration: (including preparation, visit and report writing)

½ day

Present at Meeting

Head teacher, Area Adviser

Contextual information

Castlewood is a one form-entry primary school in an affluent area. There are very low numbers of EAL, SEN and disadvantaged pupils and the head reports that the school remains contextually similar.

There have been maternity leaves during the past year, including the deputy head and KS1 leader. The school is fully staffed.

Castlewood was last inspected in March 2013 and was judged ‘good’ following a previous judgement of ‘good’. The school is anticipating its next inspection from the spring term 2016 onwards.

School Self Evaluation

Ofsted Framework (Pre Sep 15)

Outcome Ofsted March 13

Ofsted Framework (Sep 15)

School Judgement

November 2015

Leadership and management

Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Outstanding

Quality of teaching

Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Outstanding

Behaviour and safety of pupils

Outstanding

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Outstanding

Achievement of pupils

Good

Outcomes for children and learners

Outstanding

Outcomes July 2015

Year group

School %

National %

Comments: mobility, staffing, vulnerable learners

R

GLD

87%

66%

Early Excellence screen shows high proportions are below expected on entry. Speech and language support in place. Weak self-care noted.

1

Phonics

89%

77%

2 x FSM pupils meet phonic screen.

All meet required level in Yr 2. Flexible phonics programmes in place

Phonics has been well above national for 3 years.

2

Reading

Level 2+

2b+

2a+

3+

100

93

87

33

90%

82%

59%

32%

3 year trend in APS in All Subjects has been Sig+.

One PP/SEN pupil did not attain as highly as peers

Writing

Level 2+

2b+

2a+

3+

100

93

70

23

88%

72%

41%

18%

Maths

Level 2+

2b+

2a+

3+

100

93

77

27

93%

82%

55%

26%

6

Reading

Level 4+/5+

100/72

89%/48%

APS trend for KS2 is Sig+.

There are no PP gaps. One PP low attainer reaches L4 RWM.

Staffing disruption in Yr 6. Job share class

Writing

Level 4+/5+

100/59

87%/36%

Maths

Level 4+/5+

100/62

87%/41%

GPS

Level 4+/5+

100/86

80%/55%

RWM

Level 4+/5+

100/52

80%/24%

FSM RWM

Level 4+/5+

100/0

70%/13%

Reading

2 levels progress / >2 levels progress

100/28

91%/33%

Writing

2 levels progress / >2 levels progress

100/34

94%/36%

Maths

2 levels progress / >2 levels progress

100/28

90%/34%

Judgements - 2015 Outcomes

Outcomes at all levels, both historic and current, are well above average. There is strong evidence to suggest that outcomes would be judged ‘outstanding’ in an inspection.

· In Early Years, the proportion of children reaching a ‘good level of development’ has been well above average for 3 years.

· The proportion of children reaching the required level in the Yr 1 phonic screen has been well above average over recent years.

· In KS1 and KS2, there is parity between the performance of subjects and attainment has been well above average for some years. Much of RAISE shows Sig+ for attainment.

· Pupils make substantial and sustained progress - considering their starting points – throughout each year group and across the curriculum. The proportions making expected progress is high. In 2015, all children made at least expected progress in every subject. The proportion making more than expected progress is just below national expectations because attainment in KS1 is so high.

· There are very few disadvantaged pupils, but they do as well as their non-disadvantaged peers in end of key stage assessments. (Current, early tracking information indicates that the very small numbers of PP pupils in lower KS2 may not all be on track to ‘meet’ expectations – this should be closely monitored as the year progresses.)

· SEN pupils make good progress, even though they may not attain as highly.

· The attainment of all groups is in line, or above, national averages.

Predictions for 2015-16

Year Group

Number in Cohort

Expected % to have ‘met’ by end of the year

Comments

2

30 pupils

Reading

90%

4 pupils targeted in particular to accelerate progress

Writing

87%

7 pupils targeted to accelerate progress

Maths

87%

4 pupils targeted to accelerate progress

6

28 pupils

Reading

93%

2 pupils L1 in Yr 2 unlikely to achieve- both have been on SEN register

Writing

86%

4 pupils below 2B in Yr 2 (3 at L1) – unlikely to achieve

Maths

89%

3 pupils L1 in Yr 2 unlikely to achieve- all been on SEN register

Combined RWM

86%

Ensure the L2C pupil achieves met in writing to bring overall % higher

Groups in Y6

0%

ECHP

n/a

1 pupil

SEN support

0%

1 pupil regularly works with SEN teacher, 2 other pupils that were L1 in Yr 2 –additional boosters, monitored closely, flexible support in place with SEN teacher if required.

Any other vulnerable pupils work in booster sessions, additional adult.

0

CLA

n/a

4 pupils

FSM

50%

2 pupils have been on SEN register

1 currently still supported by SEN teacher, the other additional support in class

School Improvement Adviser/SIP

Maria Roberts is Horsham West locality adviser and visits twice yearly.

Sue Benton Stace has supported HTPM


Section 2

Effectiveness of Safeguarding

Meeting of statutory requirements

Promotion of welfare- physical and emotional wellbeing, staying safe on line and from bullying

Prevent of radicalisation & extremism and new Prevent duty

How do you ensure that your Single Central Record is always up to date?

How do you ensure that safeguarding documentation can always be accessed?

How do you ensure that risk assessments are always completed and stored centrally, both in school and outside venues?

The school is considered to meet statutory requirements.

· Online safety - PC Beckley worked with Yr 2- Yr 6 Oct 15 and parents meeting

· Wellbeing- 2 Learning Mentors/PMHW employed by Locality

· Bullying- PSHCE/Assemblies to support pupils

· Prevent- completed toolkit- Channel training, including GB

· Concerns re: radicalisation- contact numbers in toolkit

· Teaching pupils to be safe- part of PSHCE curriculum/assemblies

· Regular parent helpers DBS checked. Visitors escorted on premises/not left alone with pupils

· Single Central record-up to dated – system in office

· Safeguarding information – saved on the network- all staff signed read it and know where it is for reference

Governance

Governing Body is committed, has a good range of skills and is increasingly effective in its challenge.

Teacher and HTPM is robustly managed

Funding + impact monitored effectively.

Teaching and Learning

Strong middle leaders.

Regular and robust monitoring.

Outcomes support the view that T&L is very strong.

Area Adviser reviewing the quality of teaching

New Curriculum and assessment

The school can show good curriculum coverage with regular review.

CPD/discussion is very regular and means that tracking systems are well embedded.

Vulnerable Pupils

Learning Mentors and an additional teacher support academic and personal progress through booster sessions and additional sessions eg Maths to ensure embedded learning. Homework, before school and lunchtime clubs support vulnerable pupils.

Peer tutors are used effectively.

Some funding is used for trip, extra-curricular and uniform

SEND

SEND policy on website and reviewed.

Capacity within the school

There is much good practice within the school, with capacity to welcome visitors. There is a small amount of capacity to visit other schools.

School-to-school support

Castlewood will be a Strategic Partner within the Southwater Infants TSA.

Leaders and teachers from Castlewood have informally supported other local schools (as requested by the Area Adviser) over several years.

The head teacher co-chairs the West Horsham network and is lead head for moderation within the locality. This will involve setting up a locality website.

Castlewood is exploring setting up a Pre School Conference to improve expectations in pre-schools/support parenting more.

Good practice within the school

Outcomes R/W/M and GPS

Quality of teaching

Assessment

Sport

Team work – staff and leaders

Teaching assistants

Leadership

Breadth of curriculum

Recommendations

The final self-evaluation grading was done in conjunction with the Area Adviser. While the head teacher is somewhat reluctant to self-evaluate as ‘outstanding’, many aspects of the evidence discussed today indicate that ‘outstanding’ is the best-fit judgement in all four categories.

Leadership is well distributed, with senior and middle leaders highly effective in their roles. There is a strong, positive ‘team’ culture in the school, where leaders focus relentlessly on improving outcomes for all pupils. The school monitoring timetable (developed by middle leaders) is notable in its detail and thoroughness. Significantly, despite maternity leaves and staffing disruption in both Yr2 and Yr6 last year, outcomes remained among the highest in the county, thanks to strong leadership, high expectations and well embedded school systems.

The head teacher reports that the quality of teaching and learning ranges from habitually outstanding to good and, while teaching or books were not observed on this occasion, the very strong outcomes validate this. (In the past, the school has acted swiftly to eradicate any weak teaching.) The school is well ahead in terms of its tracking and assessment processes, with pupil progress regularly assessed and systems well embedded.

The adviser considers that there is good evidence to support the judgement that Castlewood would be judged ‘outstanding’ in an inspection.

Actions Agreed:

Adviser to offer Castlewood as an informal support school for middle leadership

Date of next meeting Quality of teaching and book scrutiny with middle leaders – 12th January 2015

Name: Maria Roberts

Date: 11th November 2015

Job Title: Area Adviser

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