Ofsted inspectors are employed by the Government and visit schools to ensure standards are being maintatined and children are achieving in line with expectations.
Inspections are wide ranging and their remit is to determine whether the school matches up to the standards that they have self-evaluated, or whether it is better or worse. They inspect all aspects of the school from teaching, pastoral care and safeguarding to management and leadership ensuring that the school is looking after the pupils to a required statutory standard. Each school is graded on a range of topics and measures.
As a church school we also receive a SIAS inspection carried out on behalf of the Diocese. It verifies that a church school is offering Christian content and reports whether children are being educated both socially and morally.
We are pleased with both our reports. They highlight what makes Clifton Hampden C of E Primary School special, corroborate our own self-evaluation and confirm that our children are nurtured whilst receiving teaching which allows each child to flourish.
Ofsted Report Highlights (February 2016):
I am delighted to share with you the official letter from Ofsted following our recent inspection (23rd February 2016). It highlights how the school continues to be a 'Good school', has maintained the good quality education since the last inspection and identifies a large number of positive aspects of our school. It also gives feedback on how to improve further.
The report is reflective of our conscientious, dedicated and diligent staff who plan effective learning, ensure the curriculum remains broad and balanced and guarantee that learning meets the needs of all our pupils. The report praises Clifton Hampden School at all levels, from children getting 'off to a cracking start in their Reception year' to 'top-notch' transition arrangements, which means pupils leave the school with 'high levels of confidence and self-esteem, along with the reading, writing and mathematics skills needed for success'.
I would like to thank everyone associated with our school as it is the dedication of every member of staff, governors, parents and the pupils that our school continues to improve to ensure the best education for everyone here at Clifton Hampden. Please read the full report below which identifies our key strengths and areas for further improvement.
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management:
'You (the headteacher) demonstrate high levels of ambition for the pupils of Clifton Hampden School. The school’s mantra, ‘Here every child has the opportunity to excel’, is at the heart of your work. Your thorough self-evaluation of the school’s performance illustrates your steadfast determination to become even better. Governors and senior leaders keep school performance under scrutiny, regularly discussing how well pupils are learning.'
'Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and procedures are rigorous.'
Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment:
'Teaching is good. Teachers have high expectations and ensure that work is appropriately challenging for pupils of all abilities. Pupils grapple appropriately with new concepts and display high levels of satisfaction when they master a new skill.'
'Teaching assistants are highly skilled and provide very effective support.'
'The curriculum is planned thoughtfully to maximise opportunities to extend pupils’ perspectives and capture their interest.'
Outcomes for Pupils:
'Many pupils make good progress and achieve the standards expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics.'
'Pupils understand how to improve their work and are clear what their next steps to achieve success are.'
'Excellent use of assessment is a strong feature of early years. Teachers waste no time in getting to know the individual needs of children and ensuring their needs are appropriately met.'
'Standards in writing have risen. All pupils make good progress and an increasing proportion make rapid gains. Pupils like writing and talk insightfully about how their skills have developed steadily from a very young age.'
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare:
'Parents speak very highly of the school, particularly the high levels of care and guidance that you and your staff provide to all pupils. Parents remark that their children flourish because teachers nurture and support individual needs well, foster high levels of self-assurance and make learning fun.'
'The school’s values are promoted widely and pupils attach genuine meaning to the spiritual and moral aspects of their education.'
SIAMS Report Highlights (November 2015):
I am very pleased to share with you the inspection report from our recent Church inspection (10th November 2015). The report highlights that the school is outstanding in its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school. I would like to thank our staff, governors, parents and children who shared our good practice with the inspector during the inspection day. Please read the report below which identifies our key strengths and areas for further improvement.
‘The vision and drive of the headteacher, effectively supported by staff and governors has embedded strong Christian values that underpin all aspects of school life.’
‘The Christian distinctiveness of the school has a big impact on this small school community. Christian values are made explicit and have a significant impact on all learners' good achievements, excellent behaviour and supportive, caring attitudes.’
‘Relationships between all members of the community are a strength of the school and are attributed to Christian values such as service, respect and forgiveness.'
Ofsted Interim Report 28-04-14
Please read the letter below from Ofsted regarding our school's inspection. You will note from the letter that Ofsted have completed an interim assessment of our school and we are pleased to inform you that our performance, attainment and progress has been sustained since our last inspection in November 2010. Therefore, our next full inspection will not take place before the Summer Term 2015.
May I take this opportunity to highlight the dedicated work of our teachers, support staff and governors who endeavour to make Clifton Hampden an outstanding school.
Ofsted Report Highlights (Nov 2010):
'Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary is a good school. It has maintained its strengths well during the recent change of headteacher ... '
'There are a number of outstanding features. Behaviour is first class, pupils have a very marked understanding of how to keep safe and healthy and the quality of care, guidance and support is outstanding.'
'The staff, governing body and acting headteacher work in good partnership. They are ambitious for the pupils and keen to improve the school's work so that it becomes outstanding. They know what needs attention to enable this improvement. School improvement planning is good and is based on trustworthy self-evaluation. The school's good partnerships with local schools, organisations and individuals are enabling it to provide a well-planned and stimulating curriculum. The school has made steady improvement since its previous inspection and has good capacity to maintain its advance. Parents and carers recognise its strengths and potential. '
SIAS Report Highlights (Dec 2010):
‘The school through its distinctive Christian character is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.’
‘A very clear vision based on strong Christian values is at the heart of the school. This is evidenced in the excellent behaviour and attitudes of the children and the care for all exemplified by the staff. The school is strongly valued by parents who believe it provides their children with an extremely sound basis for their future lives. It occupies a place of importance within the local community with which it has developed excellent links.’
‘The children say, “Everybody is kind in our school” and parents speak warmly of this caring ethos, saying there is “..a feeling of belonging” and emphasising the “..family atmosphere” that permeates the school.’