Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will know, Horspath C of E Primary School had a one-day Ofsted inspection in mid-March 2020. This was our first inspection since we joined the River Learning Trust and indeed for several years. It is with enormous pleasure that I write to share the fantastic news that our school has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted under the revised inspection procedures. The full report is available on the Ofsted website, and will very shortly be on the school website.
I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised all the excellent work going on here at Horspath and what a special place the school truly is. The inspection process was thorough and professional at all times, and the report highlights many key strengths of our school. I would like to share a snapshot of some of these with you, which cover many aspects of life in the school:
“This is a welcoming and happy school. Teachers have high expectations and challenge pupils to do their best. As a result, pupils achieve well, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics.”
“Pupils are well cared for and safe.”
“Pupils behave well.”
“Leaders have planned a broad and interesting curriculum that is sequenced well and covers the whole of the national curriculum.”
“… pupils achieve highly in the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1.” “Teachers’ strong subject knowledge enables them to challenge and support pupils effectively.” “The aims of the school’s curriculum are clear and well focused and are linked to the school’s values – ‘respect, truth, responsibility and forgiveness’.”
“There is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school.”
“Any concerns that staff have about pupils are followed up quickly.”
“Pupils with SEND receive effective support.”
Of course, the pupils are the key part of the school and it is wonderful to read in the report: “Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. Pupils concentrate well in lessons and listen attentively to each other. They are eager to learn. They have positive attitudes to all areas of school life.” The inspectors noted that “The governing body is aware of the school’s strengths and what needs improving further.” It has always been our vision to make Horspath an outstanding school and the school of choice for parents in the local area. To help us to achieve these goals the inspectors have recommended one key next step. We are already in the process of ensuring that this sole recommendation is acted upon, and that it will continue to be an area of focus during the next academic year.
I hope that as you read through the report you are as proud of the school and its progress as I am. We could not have achieved this without the tireless work of Mrs Medley, and the school’s leadership team, including my colleagues on the Governing Body; the passionate commitment and excellent teaching of our dedicated and hard-working staff; your fantastic children; and of course the wonderful support of our families and the wider community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for helping to make Horspath School such a fantastic place to learn, work, and succeed.
I am extremely proud of everything that we have been able to achieve here at Horspath and, with your help, as always, I look forward to the school continuing on its strong upward trajectory, as we work towards becoming an “Outstanding” school.
(Chair of Governors).