Its official……….Raynville Primary is a good and improving school with an OUTSTANDING early years!
I’m delighted to report that we have had official recognition from Ofsted that Raynville Primary is a good school.
In their inspection during December 2017 they observed lessons, looked at children’s work, made additional short visits to classrooms and listened to pupils read. They also held meetings with pupils, members of staff and governors as well as taking into account comments from parents.
Why Ofsted say that Raynville is a good school:
- The headteacher is ambitious for all pupils. His high expectations are rapidly driving improvements. They ensure that pupils achieve well from their starting points.
- Senior and middle leaders work hard for the benefit of all pupils. Staff are proud members of the school.
- Governors know the school well, and its priorities for further improvement. They ask increasingly challenging questions of the school’s leaders.
- Leaders ensure that teaching, learning and assessment are typically good. Consequently, increasing numbers of pupils reach above average standards, especially in reading and mathematics, by the end of Year 6.
- Standards in writing are also rising across the school. Leaders have taken steps, however, to accelerate faster pupils’ progress in writing.
- Children achieve outstandingly well in the early years. The stimulating learning opportunities in the Nursery and Reception years now equip children very well indeed for work in Year 1.
- Pupils are safe and well looked after in the school. They successfully benefit spiritually, morally, socially and culturally from the wide array of visits and experiences.
- Pupils attend regularly and behave well. They show positive attitudes towards their learning.
- The physical education and sport premium funding is used exceptionally well to develop pupils’ awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
- The use of additional funding is also effective in enhancing the learning of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What the school needs to do to improve further:
We were extremely pleased that Ofsted agreed with our own self-evaluation, identifying areas that we are already developing this year.
- Ensure that all teaching and learning are consistently good or better, to accelerate even faster pupils’ progress, especially across key stage 1, and in writing throughout the school, by:
- better meeting the needs of some of the most able pupils with more challenging work, so that more reach the highest outcomes.
- ensuring that all adults carefully check the learning and progress of all pupils in lessons, and appropriately revise work and the timing of activities so that they all learn well.
- further developing pupils’ advanced writing skills to support the liveliness of their writing and flow of ideas, on the page.
- maximising opportunities for pupils to reinforce, and further develop their general and subject-specific skills and understanding, in all subjects.
- Sharpen the skills of all leaders, especially those with subject responsibilities, in monitoring precisely the effectiveness of teaching on all pupils’ learning and progress, in all subjects across the school.