Excellent OFSTED report says Springhead is a good school - and has improved since the previous inspection. - 12/12/2017

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The school received a one day inspection on the 31st October 2017.  We are delighted that OFSTED considers the school to remain good – and that it has improved since the last inspection.  The inspector was very positive about the quality of teaching, the curriculum and the behaviour of the children.  It recognises the good progress the children make during their time at the school.

“The supportive and caring provision in the Nursery and Reception classes helps them to settle in quickly and to understand expectations of school life…. When pupils move up into key stage 1, this good progress continues ….. In key stage 2, progress picks up considerably. Pupils of all abilities make at least good progress because of consistently effective teaching. As a result, the proportions of pupils reaching age-related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6 have risen to above national figures.” - OFSTED Nov 2017

The report recognises many strengths in the school.  Below are some of the positive comments in the report:

  • The breadth and quality of the curriculum at Springhead Primary shine out as major strengths.
  • Pupils say that they are happy at school and enjoy their lessons.
  • Pupils enjoy action-packed days at school.
  • Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are very positive. In class, they are alert, attentive and responsive to their teachers. Outside on the playground, they readily help others and a sense of fair play is apparent.
  • Drama and the performing arts, in particular, are key drivers for many innovative and effective projects that inspire interest in learning and lead to success at school.
  • Lessons are interesting and purposeful and lead to good progress in many subjects.
  • Since the previous inspection, the quality of leadership at all levels has continued to improve.
  • You set out a clear vision for education at Springhead Primary and have an informed and contagious enthusiasm for innovation and imagination in the school curriculum.
  • The school team is keen to share and learn from effective practice within the school and further afield. This evaluative and outward-looking approach has helped to support many worthwhile developments.
  • The local authority has faith in the school’s leadership and you provide support and advice to other schools.
  • Parents say that the school does a good job.
  • Children regularly get chances to learn outdoors, where their enthusiasm and energy is put to good use in the school’s extensive and well-resourced grounds.
  • From the very start, staff bring lessons to life with music, art and drama, which capture children’s interests and prepare the ground for what is to follow in later years.
  • In 2017, almost all the Year 1 pupils reached the expected standard in the phonics screening check, which is the best result ever seen at the school and some way above the national figure.
  • At the end of Year 2 in both 2016 and 2017, more than a quarter of pupils reached a standard above that expected for their age in reading.
  • Teaching in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 presents a very strong picture, with work in each year group building securely and progressively on what has gone before.
  • Teaching got the best from the different abilities in the class, because the focus and reference materials were pitched just right.
  • You have put a lot of thought into the curriculum to make sure that it meets pupils’ needs and gives them opportunities to excel.
  • The quality of drama work, in particular, is superb. The school exemplifies excellent practice in using Shakespeare’s works in education and, through your links with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • You are a leading light in promoting the use of drama and theatre in schools. The results are clear to see.
  • The children told how studying scripts and poetry helps to widen their vocabulary, improve their listening, reading and writing skills, boost their confidence and takes them to new and exciting places.This aspect of the school’s work has drawn national recognition and rightly so. It is inspirational.
  • Staff also inject imagination and energy into other curriculum areas.
  • Classrooms are very well organised and walls are packed full of fascinating displays that celebrate pupils’ work and achievements across the whole curriculum.
  • Parents had many complimentary things to say about the school. They appreciate the approachability of staff, the quality of teaching and the interesting curriculum that motivates their children.
  • Year after year, pupils’ attendance at school has improved.  Pupils want to attend because they enjoy lessons and feel valued at school.
  • Pupils of all ages report that adults always have time to listen to them, respect their views and treat them fairly. In turn, pupils respect one another and all get on well.

Only one development point was identified – which we had identified ourselves in order to further raise standards.  This was:

“to improve pupils’ progress across key stage 1, especially for boys.”

We are confident that this development point will be achieved this year.

Please take the time to read the full report, we believe that it reflects the good quality of learning that the children are receiving – which is the result of the hard work and dedication from all members of the school community.

The full OFSTED report is available at:  https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/124097