These are exciting times at All Saints CE Primary School in Sidley rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.
Inspectors visited the school in March and concluded: “This is a good school.
I am very happy that the Ofsted team recognised the strengths of the school
The headteacher and other leaders, well supported by governors, have raised the quality of teaching and learning successfully since the last inspection. Pupils in the school now are making good progress from their starting points as a result.”
The inspection found that governors know the school well and are able to use advice and training well to increase the robustness of their checks.
Children in the reception class quickly develop speaking and listening skills, because of the efforts of skilled early years staff, and progress has accelerated because teaching is now good. Teachers use accurate knowledge of how well pupils are doing effectively to plan activities and pupils now make good progress across the school.
Around the school pupils behave well, and adults manage behaviour effectively, making sure that pupils are clear about rules and why they are important to keep.
Pupils enjoy coming to school. They think the topics and subjects they learn are interesting and help them to learn well. Pupils’ attendance reflects this, and this has improved.
Across all year groups pupils say they know that the adults in the school help them to stay safe.
Parents and pupils acknowledge the considerable improvements in the school over the past few years.
This latest report comes a year after All Saints was told it must improve, and the inspectors suggest there is still work to be done to raise achievement, especially standards at the end of key stages 1 and 2, so more pupils work at the higher level.
Headteacher Sarah Massheder said, “I am very happy that the Ofsted team recognised the strengths of the school. Our staff, children and Governors have been working hard to make improvements in all areas.
“Our next goal is to work towards providing outstanding education for the children of Sidley.”
The school has just opened a nursery for children aged 2, 3 and 4, which Mrs Massheder claims “heralds a new phase in providing outstanding education.”
The Chair of Governors, Mrs Jenny Farrer, said, “The Governors are delighted with the industrious and dedicated work that has been delivered to achieve GOOD for our school. We are working with dedicated teachers, staff and the community to push our standards even higher.
“ We are very proud to be members of the All Saints team. In September we will celebrate 150 years of providing an educational presence in Sidley.
“All are welcome to come and join in the fun.”