STAFF and pupils at Chadwell St Mary Primary School are celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
In its first inspection since joining the South West Essex Community Education Trust (SWECET) the school has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas of the inspection, including: ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’, ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment’, ‘personal development’, ‘behaviour and welfare’, ‘outcomes for pupils’ and ‘early years provision’.
The report praised Chadwell St Mary’s leaders for establishing a culture of aspiration for pupils’ learning and behaviour and for leading with resolve and determination. Inspectors felt that leaders have an accurate view of what the school does well and what needs improving, helping them to make necessary changes as required.
Inspectors also commented that pupils’ behaviour has improved because of the ethos and culture in the school. Almost all parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, and those who spoke with inspectors said they value the work of the school and its leaders.
Executive head Christina Pumfrey said: “We are delighted with the results of our latest inspection. Both the school and Trust are committed to providing the best education possible for our pupils, and it is amazing to see our hard work acknowledged.
“I would like to thank my colleagues, including our Head of School, Mr Lloyd, for all the effort and dedication they have put in to achieving this result. Looking forward, I am excited to continue enhancing the quality of teaching and learning at Chadwell St Mary to ensure we remain a school of which the community can be proud.”
Steve Munday, Chief Executive of SWECET, said: “We are thrilled that Chadwell St Mary has been awarded the good rating they deserve. The judgement is a real credit to the staff, pupils, parents and the wider community who should be rightly proud of their school. As a Trust we are committed to supporting the school to build on this outcome and continue to ensure the very best education experience for the young people of Chadwell.”
Chadwell St Mary Primary School’s report highlighted the following key areas:
“The executive headteacher and head of school lead the school’s work with resolve and determination. They have established a culture of aspiration for pupils’ learning and behaviour.”
“All members of staff who responded to Ofsted’s online survey say they are proud to work at the school.”
“Trustees are ambitious for the school. They have secured a strong leadership team and work alongside senior leaders in taking decisive action to raise educational standards and improve pupils’ progress.”
“Safeguarding arrangements are secure. Pupils say they feel safe. Parents agree their children are well looked after.”
“Teachers plan learning experiences across a variety of subjects that pupils find interesting. This helps to deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding.”
“Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and of what they can achieve. They expect pupils to work with positive attitudes. Pupils respond well to this challenge.”
“Pupils with SEND are supported well in lessons.”
“Effective use is made of chances for pupils to work with other pupils across the trust.”
Behaviour and wellbeing
“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.”
“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils behave well as they move in and around the school. Most show positive attitudes to learning in lessons and are responsive to adult guidance.”
“Outcomes for pupils currently in the school are improving rapidly.”
“As a result of good teaching, an increasing proportion of pupils currently attending the school are working at or above the standards set for each age group in the National Curriculum.”
“Leaders have ensured the pupil premium is used more effectively to remove any barriers eligible pupils have to their learning.”
“Children in the early years get off to a good start in Reception Year. They make good progress in all areas of learning.”
“Good relationships in early years supports children’s learning well. Adults provide effective role models in communication and language.”
“Leadership and management of early years is effective. Children are kept safe and are happy at school.”