Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.Every week, Ofsted carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on their website. To find an inspection report, you can go to the “Find an inspection report” tab on their homepage.
Bourne School was most recently inspected in October 2016. The inspectors looked into every aspect of life at Bourne, and made judgments on five areas which cover the work we do: the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; Early Years provision; Outcomes for Pupils; and the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management. They then made a judgment on our Overall Effectiveness.
We are thrilled that Ofsted judged us to be good in all of these areas. You can click here to read our report.
The report highlighted many strengths. It says that ‘The behaviour of pupils is good.’ One inspector watched the children at lunchtime, and the report includes a comment that ‘Lunchtimes are relaxed, positive times for pupils to meet each other and make new friends.’ The inspectors also noted that ‘Pupils are proud of their school and want to do their best.’ They stated that ‘Good relationships ensure that pupils feel safe and secure…They say adults and friends are always on hand to provide help and reassurance whenever needed.’ They also commented on our commitment to safeguarding, saying ‘High-quality, detailed records indicate the strong priority leaders give to any safeguarding concerns.’
The inspectors also noted that ‘The school’s inclusive atmosphere and its broad, balanced curriculum contribute well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ They were also very positive about leadership across the school, saying. ‘The headteacher provides strong leadership and direction for the school. All members of staff share his high aspirations for pupils and understand their role in ensuring that all groups achieve well…Governors share senior leaders’ high expectations of staff and pupils.’
The inspectors visited every classroom. They wrote that ‘Teachers encourage pupils to be curious and enquiring…The quality of teaching has improved substantially since the previous inspection. Teachers have higher expectations of all pupils, including the most able’ They also observed that ‘Skilful support for pupils who speak English as an additional language ensures the good progress of these pupils…Those with special educational needs and/or disabilities make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics.’ The team evaluated the progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding and found that ‘Disadvantaged pupils learn well…The differences between disadvantaged pupils’ attainment and that of others nationally have diminished since the previous inspection.’
They also noted that pupils make good progress in Reading, Writing and Maths, and the reports particularly notes that ‘Considerable improvements in pupils’ writing during the past year have lifted pupils’ attainment across the school. Some pupils make exceptional progress in writing from starting points which are sometimes much lower than national averages.’
In the early Years, inspectors commented that ‘The calm, quiet atmosphere in the classrooms helps the children to feel comfortable and confident… Children are happy, busy and well behaved…Children make good progress during the early years’
We will not be complacent now this judgment has been made; it does not mean that we think that our journey of improvement is complete! There is still more to be done to make our school the very best it can be, and we will be focusing particularly on writing – especially boys’ writing – and on attendance, particularly for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium.