Ofsted confirms that we are a good school!
Ofsted says: "The school is an orderly yet vibrant learning community where good teaching is thriving. Pupils make consistently strong progress in their reading, writing, mathematics and science. They leave Sandfield Close well prepared for secondary school."
We are delighted with our recent Ofsted report. Please find below sentences from our report highlighting the strengths of our school.
"This school continues to be good. The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection."
"The school is an orderly yet vibrant learning community where good teaching is thriving. Pupils make consistently strong progress in their reading, writing, mathematics and science. They leave Sandfield Close well prepared for secondary school."
"Staff have high expectations for all pupils. They expect them to listen carefully, work hard and to follow instructions quickly and pupils do so."
"Teachers skilfully address any misconceptions pupils may have, and they help them to correct any errors they make."
"Pupils are very familiar with the school’s ‘golden rules’. They respect others and value their different backgrounds and cultures. One pupil explained to me that they are taught to ‘treat others as you would wish to be treated’."
"Teachers use an effective system to give feedback to pupils."
"They were keen to tell me how the WAGOLL (‘What A Good One Looks Like’) boards in classrooms help them to see examples of the standard of work that teachers expect them to produce."
"Pupils are pleased to be awarded a ‘star hand writer’ award, and value the letter that is sent to their parents to confirm that they have received a ‘pen licence’."
"The school is rightly proud of its leading work in the teaching of science."
"There is a clear culture of vigilance within the school, and staff understand fully their duties to help keep pupils safe."
"All parents who responded to Parent View believe that the school keeps their children safe. Pupils I met confirmed that they felt safe in school, and that the very small amount of bullying or name-calling is dealt with fairly and quickly by staff."
"Almost all pupils learn to swim at least 25 metres by the time they leave the school."
"Staff help children to catch up quickly."
"Good phonics teaching results in pupils developing good strategies to pronounce unfamiliar words. Daily ‘read aloud’ sessions develop their comprehension skills well and improve their vocabulary."
"Staff are highly skilled at teaching writing, and the proportions of pupils who attain the higher standard in this subject at the end of key stage 2 are consistently significantly above the national average. Pupils’ writing is characterised by confident and imaginative use of language, with accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling."
"Pupils make very strong gains in mathematics."
"By the end of key stage 2, the proportions who attain at least the expected standards in reading, writing, mathematics and science are consistently above those seen nationally. This is because the progress that pupils make in key stage 2 is above, and often well above, that seen nationally across different subjects."
"The curriculum is broad and balanced in all year groups, including Year 6. Pupils explained that work is not only challenging for them, but interesting."
"Persistent absence is now lower than that found typically in other schools. Pupils enjoy coming to school and like receiving school rewards for regular attendance."
Please find the Ofsted report attached below. Thank you for your continuing support.